Bangladesh skipper Jamal Bhuyan said on Monday that his side is taking confidence from their national women’s team’s recent success at Dasharath Rangasala Stadium before facing hosts Nepal.
The men in red and green will take on the Himalayan nation in a FIFA International Friendly match today. The match is scheduled to start at 05:45pm (BST).
Despite the hosts having thousands of supporters at the gallery in the final, the women’s team kept their nerves to clinch their maiden title in the regional competition.
Jamal believed that the supporters would come at large too to support their men’s team at Dasharath Rangasala Stadium today but they wanted to repeat the same feat that the women’s team has recently achieved that gave the nation an occasion to celebrate.
“The home side will have crowd support. Some days ago, our women’s team played here and they made history by becoming SAFF champions. We also want to repeat the same and are eyeing a big victory,” Jamal told reporters during a press conference in Kathmandu.
Head coach Javier Cabrera felt that the match would be a tough one for both sides but informed that they are prepared to give their best on the field.
“Usually, the Bangladesh-Nepal games are very fifty-fifty. They are extremely competitive against us but we are always ready,” said Cabrera.
The Nepal game perhaps will determine the future of Cabrera with Bangladesh as his tenure will end in October and Bangladesh won’t have any matches within this time frame.
In seven international matches, the men in red and green won only one, drew two and lost their remaining four matches under Cabrera.
Bangladesh and Nepal played a total of 13 international matches so far when both the teams won four matches each while the rest of the five matches ended in draws.
The last time the teams faced each other was back in SAFF Championship last year and the match ended in a 1-1 draw in Maldives.
Meanwhile, Nepal would play their first international match under their newly-appointed head coach Pradip Humagain.
Nepal’s captain Kiran Chemjong claimed that the home support would be an advantage for his side against Bangladesh.
“Definitely, a match against Bangladesh is always very interesting. We will have home crowd support on the field which is an advantage. The match will be exciting,” he said.