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10 October, 2019 12:43:47 AM
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Qatar won’t take Bangladesh lightly

Both coaches vow to play for positive result today
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Qatar won’t take Bangladesh lightly
Bangladesh head coach Jamie Day (L), captain Jamal Bhuiyan (L-2nd), Qatar key play Ali Hasan and coach Felix Sanchez (R ) pose for a photograph at the pre-match press conference at BFF Bhaban in the capital yesterday. BFF Photo

It will be a fight between the top most team in Asia and one of the bottom sides of the continent as Asian champions Qatar and Bangladesh will play their World Cup 2022 qualifier today at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital. The match will kick off at 7pm.

Bangladesh are now lying on 187th in FIFA ranking while Qatar on 62nd position.

The coaches of both sides just expressed same opinion that they will play for good result. In a pre-match press conference yesterday both the coaches, Jamie Day of Bangladesh and Felix Sanchez of Qatar when talking to the reporters repeatedly said that they will play for good result but the reality is that there is far difference between Qatar and Bangladesh, so it is very much imaginable that what would be result.

So far in their last four meetings, the best result for Bangladesh was 1-1 draw and in other three matches Qatar ran away with big margin victories.

However, the coach of Qatar talked with respect to Bangladesh saying that he think it would be very tough match and they do not take the home team lightly at all.

Bangladesh coach, Jamie Day, who has been working with this team for more than one year and also has some happy note with the age group team defeating Qatar in the Asian Games but the scenario would be very different with this team.

However, Jamie said, “It would be very tough match and a big challenge for Bangladesh, boys have trained extremely hard last ten days.”

Jamie taking the two wins against Bhutan in FIFA friendly last week as good preparation and said, “We have good preparation as two wins against Bhutan gives us confidence. We have to play our best tomorrow to get a good result.”

“They are Asian champions, have fantastic side, got some very good players. We are looking forward to an extremely tough match tomorrow,” Jamie evaluated Qatar.

“Replying to a query about his strategy for tomorrow Jamie said, “We worked on how we can stop Qatar and possibly trying to capitalise on their weaknesses, that’s what we have done for last seven days. Qatar will be expecting to win but for me, as long as my boys do their best and perform to the level we have shown, I can’t ask for anything more. If we get a little bit luck as well, then you never know.”

Jamie who has every information about Qatar said, “They have fantastic players, fantastic facilities. They are preparing to play Argentina, Brazil and England, so realistically they should be beating Bangladesh. In football there are always surprise results. For us, we have to play extremely well, better than we performed recently.”

Jamie also taking the match against Qatar as good experiences for him as well as for the team - “For me as a coach, going against Felix who has one Asian Cup title and hosts the World Cup, what an experience for us. It will be an invaluable experience for the players to move forward and become better players and coach because of top-class opposition and top-class coach.”

Captain Jamal Bhuiyan, who was very much ambitious said that they are ready to give their 100 percent. It’s a motivation that if India can get a draw then we can also play for a draw even a win. Qatar will play an attacking football and we will go for the counter.” Felix Sanchez, who started his job in Qatar with taking the charge of the country’s Under-19 team in 2012 and has been working in a project and academy in Qatar, took the charge of the national side in 2017.

Felix looked very cool when talking in the press meet, referring their match against India, said, “It is opinion for everyone whether we did well or not against India. We played our game and obviously we will prefer another result because it is football.”

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