Bangladesh Under-23 national football team reached Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday evening to take part in the 18th Asian Games, hoping to show their improvement after years of doldrums.
Bangladesh, who are placed in Group B alongside Uzbekistan, Thailand and Qatar, have got very little chance to qualify for the next round of the competition, though the Games is still believed to be hugely significant for them.
The charges of English coach Jamie Day took the meet as their preparation for the forthcoming SAFF football, which is scheduled at home from September 4 to 15.
Coach Day will take the Games as an opportunity to judge his charges against the strong opponents.
‘Hopefully the boys will show the same performances what they showed in training – a desire to not lose and work as hard as we can as a group that win together,’ Day was quoted in a Bangladesh Football Federation statement as saying.
Bangladesh will start the campaign on Tuesday against Uzbekistan before facing Thailand and Qatar respectively on August 16 and 19.
‘We are prepared as we can be at this stage. The boys have trained well. So, now it’s time to play the matches and put the training in to action,’ said Day, whose side held their camps in Qatar and South Korea.
Bangladesh also played four warm-up matches in Qatar and South Korea, winning two and drawing and losing one game respectively.
Day said that he noticed some notable changes among the players after he took over the charge.
‘I have seen a change in their efforts to start eating the right food at the right time,’ he said adding that, ‘they are spending more time in the gym which is something didn’t happen before we arrived.’
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