Bangladesh National Hockey team skipper Farhad Ahmed Shitul identified team effort as the reason behind Bangladesh’s maiden triumph in the Indoor Hockey Asia Cup Tournament 2019 as they thrashed Philippines by 9-0 goals at Chon Buri in Thailand on Tuesday.
The men in red and green conceded 14 goals in their first two matches but made a strong turnaround in their third match scoring 9 goals.“Our performance was better today (Tuesday) than the previous match (against Malaysia). We played better as a team today,” Farhad told reporters after the win.
“We have to face Philippine next. They are not as strong as Iran and Malaysia and both of them are tournament’s favourite.
Bangladesh team are competing from pool A where they will have play two more matches against host Thailand and Philippines and they will be facing the host nations in their next encounter.
Farhad blamed their luck as they had to face reigning champion Iran and hockey powerhouse Malaysia in their first two matches considering this is their debut participation in the tournament and now they will have to face the host nations next, which will also be tough for the men in red in green though the captain is hopeful to get better result.
“It was problematic for us as we had to face two best teams of the tournament early in the event,” told Farhad.
“I hope we can use the experience of the first two matches in the upcoming matches and hope to get better results though they are more experienced than us in indoor.Though the team are not getting the expected result but the captain is happy with their fitness level as they are used to playing in a different format of the game.
“Fitness is definitely important. We normally play field hockey so we are not facing any trouble with our strength” he said. Farhad Ahmed said lack of experience of playing in indoor tournament is the main reason behind their big loss in the first two encounters in the tournament.
“We suffered defeats with huge margins but we have gained a whole lot of experience here,” Farhad said.
“You cannot compare BKSP (Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan)’s indoor facilities with the one where we are playing now. We practiced on a mat in BKSP but here we are playing on hard floor. If we could practice more in such ground, we would definitely get better results,” he said.
“The way other teams are using the ground we were not able to do that. Because we are not used to it. Their players are going through us with the ball just with a touch in the board,” Farhad told.
Though the men’s hockey team conceded eight goals against Iran, the national team captain thinks they had improved their performance in their second match.