Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Jamie emphasises on team performance

Three Nations Cup begins today

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 2 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Jamie emphasises on team performance
Bangladesh national head coach Jamie Day (left) and captain Jamal Bhuyan are seen in a pre-competition presser in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday. – BFF PHOTO

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Bangladesh national football team have started its preparations for the next month’s SAFF Championships in Bishkek with the Three Nations Cup involving Kyrgyzstan and Palestine.

The competition will begin today with the first match between the hosts Kyrgyzstan and Palestine at Spartak Stadium in Bishkek while the men in red and green will play their first match against Palestine at the same venue on September 5.

The five-team SAFF Championships will be held from October 1 at National Stadium in Male.

The national football team completed their Wednesday’s training session at Sports City Field ground from 3:00pm to 5:00pm (BST). 

National head coach Jamie Day emphasised on the team's performance in this tough competition not wins or losses against upper-ranked opponents.

“For us, it’s (competition) a good preparation before the SAFF Championship in October. Playing against these tough oppositions is good for us. It will give me the opportunity to join the squad through three games in Kyrgyzstan,” Jamie said in a pre-competition presser in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday. 

“Kyrgyzstan are very good team, so this is going to be an extremely tough game. They will expect to win the match, for us it will be a test ourselves against very good opposition. If we get a positive result, then we will be really pleased with the team’s performance. But for us, we just look at playing well, looking at trying to put new ideas in the matches,” the English coach said.

Bangladesh will play their second match against the hosts Kyrgyzstan on September 7. Apart from these, Bangladesh will play an international friendly match against the Kyrgyzstan U-23s on September 9.

Bangladesh formed a 23-member team including eight players from premier league champions Bashundhara Kings for the competition. Jamie was well aware of Kings players’ schedule, but he believed that he had enough time to recover players and make them ready for the matches through training sessions in Bishkek.

“Kings players’ have played a lot of games recently. We have selected a lot of players from their squad, but we have enough time to recover them before the games. My job in the next couple of days is to make sure everyone is fit and ready to go for matches which will be managed through training sessions in the next two or three days,” the Bangladesh coach added.

Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan thinks that they would have a different experience as Kyrgyzstan conditions and pitches are different from Bangladesh. 

“The condition is very different from Bangladesh. Bangladesh is very humid. When you go outside, you start to sweat. But here it is fresher. The pitches are good, the fields are also the same,” Jamal said during a pre-competition presser.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh are currently 188 at FIFA rankings while their opponents -- Kyrgyzstan and Palestine are 101 and 102 respectively.