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Four Nations Invitational Tournament

Bangladesh held by Seychelles

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 11 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh national football team interim head coach Mario Lemos was confident enough of winning a start against lowly Seychelles in the ongoing Four Nations Invitational Tournament, but his dream was shattered after a 1-1 draw in their first match at Race Course International Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

 Forward Md Ibrahim took the early lead for Bangladesh with a flying right-footer to the far post from the left flank of the box in the 17th minute of the game while substitute midfielder Rashid Dan Labrosse equalised the margin in the 88th minute for Seychelles.

Among the participating teams, Bangladesh are currently at 187th, the Maldives at 156th, Seychelles at 199th and Sri Lanka at 204th in the FIFA rankings. 

After taking a 1-0 lead and one or two eye-catching efforts, the rest of the match Bangladeshi players were careless.

“It’s really frustrating. We had a lot of chances in the first half, but we missed. The goal in the 88th minute, when we were winning, was the lack of concentration. I know the players were tired. We were expecting to score at least three or two goals. However, Seychelles played better under the pressure in the second half,” Lemos said in a pessimistic tone after the day’s match.