Bangladesh will take on Poland in the opening match of the five-nation Bangabandhu Cup 2021 International Kabaddi Tournament today at the Shaheed Nur Hossain National Volleyball Stadium at 05:30pm.
Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation is arranging an international competition after eight years to mark the golden jubilee of Independence Day and Mujib Barsho.In the day’s other match, Kenya will play against Sri Lanka at the same venue.
Law Minister Anisul Huq will inaugurate the tournament while BKF President Director General of Rapid Action Battalion Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun will preside over the inaugural ceremony.
On Saturday, BKF Joint Secretary and Additional DIG Gazi Mozammel Hoque unveiled the trophy at the volleyball stadium. Bangladesh head coach Chhaju Ram Goyat expressed his confidence in winning the tournament as he doesn’t feel any threat from other participating teams.
“Our target is the title. We have a good team with some good players like Tuhin, Zia and Munshi. Also, three new players are going to make debuts in this tournament,” he said. “Kenya are runners-up of the last World Cup, Poland are European champions. Nepal and Sri Lanka are also good teams. But we're not taking them as threats,” he added. Bangladesh captain Tuhin Tarafder said that they are well prepared and have clear ideas about three out of four opponents -- Sri Lanka, Nepal and Poland.
“We did a good training camp under the head coach and others. We beat Sri Lanka in Asian Games 2018 and Nepal in South Asian Games 2019. We also played against Poland in World Cup 2016. So they are well known to us,” he said. Bangladesh will play against Nepal on Monday, Sri Lanka on Tuesday and Kenya on Wednesday.
The table-toppers of the league basis group will qualify for the final on Friday while the second and third place holders will play a qualifying match on Thursday that will decide the other finalist.