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Jamie seeks improvement in ball possession

Jamie seeks improvement in ball possession
  • Sports Correspondent
  • 4 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh national football team head coach Jamie Day wants to improve his team’s efficiency in ball possession during their two matches against the strong opponents Palestine and Kyrgyzstan of the ongoing Three Nations Cup in Kyrgyzstan. 

“I want to see improvements in ball possession during the matches and keep in good shape against a powerful Palestine.  Kyrgyzstan are also a technically very good team,” Jamie told The Daily Sun after finishing their practice session on Friday.

Bangladesh are taking part in the competition as a part of the preparation for next month’s SAFF Championship. They will play against Palestine and Kyrgyzstan on September 5 and 7 and will end the campaign with a friendly against Kyrgyzs U-23s on September 9.

“Both of the teams are very good. Kyrgyzstan are around Oman level from what I saw last night and Palestine are also a very strong team. I think playing matches against them in 3 days is going to be very tough for our players physically and mentally,” he said.

The men in red and green conceded a 0-2 goals defeat against Palestine in their last meet in Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2020 in Dhaka. Jamie believes the recent Palestine team are bigger and stronger than before.

Midfielder Sohel Rana echoed the same sentiment adding that they have been improving different areas through the ongoing campaign.

“We worked on ball touching and other technical issues today. These matches will help us to improve in several areas that is very important for the upcoming SAFF Championship,” Sohel Rana said.

Forward Saad Uddin also believes that his team will perform well against Palestine as they knew their strong and weak areas.

“They are strong and upper-ranked side. But we found their strong and weak areas in the last match against Kyrgyzstan. The coach is working on it. We will try our best to show a good performance against them,” Saad Uddin said.