Bangladesh coach Jamie Day praised his charges after they secured a thumping 1-0 win over Pakistan in their second Group A match of the SAFF Championship at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.
The Englishman claimed that Bangladesh got the result of their hard training in the last 12 weeks, which helped his players to run with same rhythm for 90 minutes.
‘I’m extremely pleased with the boys,’ said an overwhelmed Day after the match.
‘The boys worked exceptionally hard against a good Pakistan side. We have to be patient sometimes. I think the fitness came through at the end and you can see that.
‘They have done a great hard work in last 12 weeks and they have shown today what we are practicing for.’
Bangladesh are yet to confirm the semi-final berth despite winning two successive matches, leaving Day still some works to do.
‘We won two games but still we have to play our third game. We don’t want to be carried away,’ he said.
‘I will let my boys celebrate today and from tomorrow we will start work again to get a place in the semi-final.’
Tapu Barman, who scored the winner four minutes from the time after striking the opening goal against in 2-0 win over Bhutan, was also ecstatic.
‘I can’t express my feelings. It was a very important day for us and we are very delighted that we have finally seized the opportunity,’ he said.
Pakistan coach Jose Antonio Nogueira believed that the defeat did not end their chance.
‘We still got chance for the semi-finals. We will play against Bhutan and Bangladesh and Nepal to face in the other game,’ he said.
‘We have the equation to win the match.’
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