Bangladesh national team captain Jamal Bhuyan urged his team-mates to give their 100 percent effort against India in the upcoming FIFA, AFC joint qualifiers in Qatar next month.
The men in red and green will take on India on June 7 in one of their last three FIFA, AFC joint qualifiers round two matches.Bangladesh earlier failed to hold their lead against India and conceded a goal in the final minutes to settle for a 1-1 draw at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata in an away qualifier match last year.
“Our 50 percent effort won't work against India in the world cup qualifiers. Everyone has to give their 100 percent if we want to win. Everyone performed well in the last match against India. Normally a motivation works among us when we meet them,” Jamal told the reporters on Tuesday.
“We are neighbours and we shared the same history. Also, both Dhaka and Kolkata have the same language -- Bangla. So, we feel that inspiration against them. It is also the main reason for our rivalry. India also feels the same. Both teams want to go forward, everyone wants to win,” Jamal said after their second day's training at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
However, Jamal believed that they need to improve their goal-scoring ability if they want to win any match.
“We must improve our goal-scoring ability; otherwise we won't win any matches. Also, we have to play at least two practice matches to find out our strengths and weaknesses. Then, we may solve those problems,” Jamal added.
Jamal’s desire to play practice matches suffered a huge blow on the same day after Bangladesh Football Federation General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag confirmed that Qatar Football Association won’t arrange any practice match for Bangladesh.The men in red and green received another blow as their veteran goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana was ruled out due to an injury that he sustained during Bangladesh Premier League.
Rasel Mahmud Liton from Rahamatganj MFS was included in the squad in Rana’s place.