Wednesday, 6 July, 2022

Bangladesh’s competitive and fearless performances hints at reviving the lost glory

Bangladesh’s competitive and fearless performances hints at reviving the lost glory
Players of Bangladesh are seen during a recovery session in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. – BFF PHOTO

Bangladesh’s competitive and fearless performances in the last three international matches against the upper-ranked opponents hinted at reviving the lost glory of Bangladesh football.

Bangladesh national football team got one draw and two defeats. They played a goalless draw against Indonesia at their home while conceding a 0-2 goal defeat to Bahrain and a 1-2 goal defeat to Turkmenistan. All these three teams were higher than the men in red and green in terms of FIFA rankings and strengths. Bangladesh are at 188th in rankings while among their opponents Bahrain are at 89th, Turkmenistan are at 134th and Indonesia are at 159th.

However, Bangladesh also could have got satisfactory results against Bahrain and Turkmenistan as they showed equal competitive performance against both of these high-ranked opponents. The former national striker Zahid Hasan Ameli praised the team’s progress after their hard-fought competitions against three strong opponents but he also marked on several points where still the team needed to improve.

“No doubt, we’ve seen Bangladesh’s competitive performance after a long time. The team laboured throughout the 90-minute, also created chances in opponents’ boxes and most important reduced mistakes in defense. All these are examples of their improvements,” Ameli told The Daily Sun on Sunday. 

“Still the team are struggling with finishers. Our strikers wasted some important chances in the last match. If they could score, the result might be different. I think our strikers feel no hunger for scoring. The team are taking a new look at least their recent performances hinted that. If they really want to win, they must know how to score,” he said.

Former national goalkeeper Biplob Bhattacharjee believes that the positive thing was the team are now presenting good football to the fans.

“The positive thing is the team are now presenting good football to the fans. Win or lose will come later, the first thing is the fans mainly wanted to show good football from the players and I think they had made it in the last three matches,” Biplob said, who is also the current goalkeeping coach of the national team. 

 “Definitely, these are the best performances the team showed after a long time. The players gave their 100 percent. If we continue it, we can play better against our South Asian opponents in future. I think the time has come to give something to the people of Bangladesh. The players also want to do something for the country. They showed their spirit in the last match but unfortunately they narrowly lost it,” he said.

Bangladesh team got a day break on Sunday after two hard-fought performances against Bahrain and Turkmenistan in their two matches of Group E of the ongoing AFC Asian Cup qualifiers (third round) in Malaysia. The break will also help the team to recover their mental states ahead of the last match against hosts Malaysia on Tuesday.

Forward Mohammed Ibrahim, who scored for Bangladesh in the last match, said that they are upset with the result because they deserved at least one point from the match.

 “We deserve at least one point from that match. If the team fails to win, there is no value of any individual achievement. Last night, it was painful for all of us. However, we now have to look forward. We have to use our experiences in the next matches. Coach is always positive. He is motivating us,” the forward concluded.