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POST TIME: 8 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Coach Jamie thinks nothing but win
Bangladesh encounter Nepal in key match today
Sports Reporter

Coach Jamie thinks nothing but win

Bangladesh footballers attend a practice session at Kamalapur Stadium ahead of their last SAFF Suzuki Cup group match with Nepal today. BFF Photo

Bangladesh will face a Nepal challenge today in a bid to secure their room in the semifinals in the ongoing SAFF Suzuki Cup Football Championship when three teams from Group A are in critical equation, though the hosts are in a bit advantageous position.

In the last 18 meetings Bangladesh won 12 times and Nepal won five when one match was drawn. Bangladesh are on top in the points table in Group with six points after winning their first two matches while Nepal and Pakistan obtained three points each with one win and as many defeats, now if they (Nepal and Pakistan) can win their respective group last match their points tally will also be six from as many matches, then goal difference, head to head result will be counted to determine the two semifinalists from the group.

However, a draw against Nepal will be enough for Bangladesh to confirm the semifinal berth but Nepal will have to win the match and a draw might help them (Nepal) to qualify, if Bhutan can defeat Pakistan.

But Bangladesh English coach Jamie Day does not want to think any equation but his only thought is to win the match.

Jamie came to Stadium with the players of side benches when none of the regular 14 men team in the practice session.   

Jamie, when talking to the reporters before a practice session at the Bir Sreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium yesterday, said, “Nepal is tough team, they defeated Bhutan by 4-0, a big margin win but Bangladesh could not win any match by 4-0 or 5-0 in any international match in recent time.’

Replying to a query, Jamie said, “Actually, strikers are the key force for a match winner in any tough game, if it is a poor side that is the problem for a coach.”

 “We can’t lose but we need to play our own game, my expectation is that boys will win the match to move into the semifinal. After winning two matches it is not confirm but the semifinal, the competition will be very tough.”

“We’re looking forward to the match, they were unlucky against Pakistan but they scored four goals against Bhutan so they are very good side.”

“We need to play well to go through and if we don’t then we’d be out of the competition and that would be very disappointing for us because we’ve done so well in the first two games,” Jamie replied to a query.

Jamie also was not happy with the tight schedule of Bangladesh, as they had to play match every alternative day, said, “It’s a tough schedule for the boys, we have never seen anything like this where you get only one day rest.”

Meanwhile, Nepal team did not had any practice session when their assistant coach Kiron Sreshtha in a pre-match meet said that it would be a vital match for them as well as very tough. Kiron taking Bangladesh as very strong side and said, “To move into the semifinal there is no option but to win, and I think it is must win situation for us and we have the ability to beat Bangladesh.”