Bangladesh coach Jamie Day on Saturday said that despite their disappointing early exit from the group stage, he was proud of his charges as they impressed him throughout their campaign in SAFF Championship.
Bangladesh suffered a heartbreaking 2-0 defeat against Nepal in their final Group A match to get eliminated from the tournament.
Bangladesh, who won their previous two matches against Bhutan and Pakistan, were favourites to get through from their group.
‘I am very disappointed as we won’t go to the semi-final. But I think we deserved to go through,’ Day told reporters after the game.
‘We were controlling the game but obviously we conceded a silly goal. But it happens in football that goalkeepers make mistakes.
‘But I am extremely proud of my boys as they tried to get result but obviously could not score the goal. I am disappointed that we won two games but didn’t qualify for the semi-finals,’ he added.
Day backed his goalkeeper Sahidul Islam who made a huge blunder in the 33rd minute, failing to grip the ball from a free-kick which put the hosts behind despite controlling the game well.
The 38-year old admitted that the blunder made some negative impact in their game though he claimed that it was quite usual for goalkeepers to concede such goals.
‘He [Shahidul] will catch that nine out of 10 times. But it had some negative impact in our game.
‘Our goalkeepers made mistakes and we are going to concede goals every time we did that,’ he added.
Day also urged Bangladeshi fans to be positive about their team and players as they started to rebuild for a better future.
‘I am extremely proud of my boys for what they achieved in last 16 weeks. It’s a massive improvement in the team if you looked back 16 weeks ago. You guys have witnessed a team made history in Asian Games. They won back-to back matches in here. So you all should proud of the team as like me,’ Day claimed.
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