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25 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Jamie wants to face Afghanistan with positive intent

Joint FIFA World Cup and Asia Cup qualifier
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Jamie wants to face Afghanistan
with positive intent
Bangladesh football team head coach Jamie Day (R) conducts the training session of Tajikistan bound national team at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital yesterday. BFF photo

Yasin Arafat, the only fresh blood in the Bangladesh squad is ready to take the challenge to play for the national side when the team’s practice session for FIFA World Cup 2022 and Asia Cup qualifying matches resumed yesterday at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital.

Meanwhile, out of 26 members of the preliminary squad

Jamie Day, the head coach of the team, began the practice session with 19 players out of selected 26 players. Remaining seven players are now in the Abahani camp to play the second leg of the inter-zone semifinal match of the AFC Cup to be held in North Korea on August 28.

Jamie Day will have all the 26 players together from August 29 for three days when he (Jamie) would have to select 23 players to travel to Tajikistan to play their away match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier in Dushanbe, as Afghanistan choose the venue as their home ground.

However, Yasir Arafat, who was highly delighted having the call in the national side, when talking to the reporters after the practice session yesterday expressed his gladness, said, “Really I feel proud having call in the national team, it would be something more if I would get chance in the playing squad.”

“But I think it is very much challenging to make room in the squad and I do like to take challenge to confirm my place.”

Yasin Arafat, who played for Saif Sporting Club as left back replying to a query said, “I had a dream that once I would play for the national team but it would come so early, I could not just expect. Now it would be my endeavor to establish me as one of the members in the squad.” Jamie day was happy to have all the players in good fitness when the coach returned home from London after around two month long vacation.

Jamie will have 16 days to prepare the team for their upcoming assignment when he said that 15 days is enough for practice. “All the players were in playing for most of the times in my absence when they played in the league. Moreover, they did the home works well I suggested them in my absence. I got the reflection in the first practice session.”

 “It is good, I am really happy to see that I have all the boys are in good shape with fitness, their fitness level is okay and I hope everything is going through in right direction,” said Jamie.

About the coming matches against Afghanistan, Jamie said, “It would be very tough to play against Afghanistan, they are ahead of us in all respect.”

“Afghanistan players play in Europe, so they are very tough. In fact physically also they are very better than us and now in the world football you can see physical advantages are big factor.”

“I also looked to have players of Bangladesh, who are playing in Europe, we got only Jamal Bhuiyan, but nothing to do, now we will have to fight with our resources,” said Jamie. “But it does not mean that we are going to lose the match, obviously we will play the match with the object of a win, see what my boys could do,” Jamie who is not in negative attitude before the match and will go to Tajikistan with positive impression.      

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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