National team head coach Jamie Day said that the joint qualifiers for FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 has given his young players a good experience and a good start for their future international games.
"I think the performance of the players have been very good, their attitude have been very fantastic. In the case of young players, it was a fantastic experience. Not only the two games, but the whole qualifiers will give them a good start in going forward for international games," said Jamie ahead of Bangladesh's eighth and last match of Group E against Oman on Monday.The match will be held at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha at 11 pm. The 184th-ranked Bangladesh are currently at the bottom of the five-team Group E of joint qualifiers with 2 points from two draws while the 80th-ranked Oman are second with 15 points from five wins.
"We know it is going to be an extremely tough game tomorrow (Tuesday). We know they (Oman) are higher ranked than us and are expecting to win, but it will be a great experience for our players and we are looking forward to the match tomorrow," said he while asking their preparations against Oman.
The men in red and green started their campaign in joint qualifiers with a hope to earn points which will help them earn a slot in the third round of AFC Asian Cup.
Though they earn one point against Afghanistan from a 1-1 draw, but conceded a fatal 0-2 defeats against India that shattered their dream of Asian Cup qualifiers third round.
"If you don’t take chances and you give time and space to good players, you will get punished. That is what happened in some of our games. We were so close in some matches. I'm disappointed that we have not got some more points but I think we have got some experience for the future," he added.
"I think we have made a lot of progres in our time. If Bangladesh want to be a strong team in Asia, we need to change the whole structure in our country. We need to train players from the early ages 6,7,8,9, 10. Also we need international programs regularly as we are the international team," the English coach added.