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Bangladesh on alert before Mongolia match

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 29 March, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh on alert before Mongolia match
(From left to right) Bangladesh skipper Jamal Bhuyan and head coach Javier Cabrera, Mongolia head coach Ichiro Otsuka and skipper Tsend-Ayuush Khurelbaatar pose for a photo during a press conference at the Sylhet District Stadium on Monday, ahead of their FIFA Tier 1 Friendly match today at the same venue. – BFF PHOTO

Hosts Bangladesh will be looking to clinch a victory over Mongolia during their FIFA Tier 1 International Friendly match at the Sylhet District Stadium today.

Bangladesh earlier conceded a 0-2 goals defeat to Maldives in their first game of the current FIFA window at Galolhu Rasmee Dhandu Stadium in Male on Thursday.

After the defeat against Maldives, the match against Mongolia has become more important for the men in red and green as they have Asian Cup qualifiers in June. 

Head coach Javier Cabrera said that they didn’t want to repeat the mistakes against Maldives during their home match against Mongolia in Sylhet.

“Maldives and Mongolia are different teams. Maldives are more technically talented. Obviously, we’re aware of our rivals and focusing on specific areas to develop our game,” the 37-year-old Spaniard told the reporters in a pre-match press conference on Monday. 

“We missed several chances in the last match. We are working on that,” he added.

Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan said that they’re eyeing a ‘positive result’ against Mongolia.

“We tasted a disappointing defeat in the last match but we’ve to look forward and we have to take challenges tomorrow (today) because it is our home match. I believe in a positive result for the team,” he said.

Bangladesh previously played two matches against the East Asian nation in 2001 during the World Cup Qualifying campaign.

The men in red and green won the first leg match by a 3-0 margin before they played a 2-2 draw in the second leg.

“We have some good memories against Bangladesh 21 years ago. We played to a 2-2 draw. It was the first point of World Cup Qualifiers in Mongolian football history - an extraordinary history. Now, our lone aim is to win the match and that’s why we came here,” Mongolia captain Tsend-Ayuush Khurelbaatar said.

Meanwhile, Mongolia head coach Ichiro Otsuka said that they couldn’t prepare well for the FIFA friendly match against Bangladesh.

“We don’t have a good preparation…We may apply some different techniques in the match and some new players will play in the match,” he said.

Both teams did their final practice sessions before the match on Monday.