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Maldives’ defeat increases Bangladesh’s SAFF final chance: Ibrahim

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  • 2nd October, 2021 09:24:07 PM
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Maldives’ defeat increases Bangladesh’s SAFF final chance: Ibrahim

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National forward Mohammed Ibrahim believed that Bangladesh’s chance to reach the SAFF Championship final had increased after the hosts and defending champions Maldives’ conceding defeat in their opening match.

Maldives conceded a 0-1 defeat to Nepal in the second match of the round-robin competition held at National Stadium in Male on Friday.   

Earlier, the men in red and green made a winning start in the competition by securing a 1-0 goal win over Sri Lanka in the opening match at the same venue on the same day.

“Now everyone has a chance to make it to the final after the hosts’ defeat. Anyone can seize the opportunity. We started the competition with a win so I think our chance to reach the final has been increased,” said Ibrahim after a practice session at FAM practice ground turf in Male.

Bangladesh will now lock horns against the tournament favourite India in their next match on Monday at the same venue.

The forward added that they will try to end their long 22 years winless drought against India during the match.

“Bangladesh-India is always a high-voltage match. We always feel motivated against them. We played well in the Salt Lake (stadium) match but failed to secure a win. We now have another chance here,” he said.

Assistant coach Mahabub Hossain Roksy said that they have already made a plan for the India game and the team is ready to execute the plan in the match.

“We are motivating and modifying the team for the next match against India. Coach Oscar (Bruzon) has already made a plan and we have started work on it. I believe the team will perfectly execute the plan in the match,” he ended.