Footballers leave with high hopes

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, May 25,2019

 
 

Bangladesh national football team players were confident of beating Laos in their Joint Qualifiers for World Cup and Asian Cup as they left for Thailand on Friday for a 10-day long preparation camp.
Bangladesh will take on Laos in the first-leg in Vientiane on June 6 before hosting the Southeast Asian nation in Dhaka in the second-leg on June 11.
The winners of both legs will advance into the Joint Qualifiers of World Cup and the losers will sit almost idle for the next two years except the invitational tournaments or matches.
‘Laos is a known opponent. If we can give our best against Laos, we can produce a good result. I’m personally feeling that we will win the match,’ said national striker Nabib Newaj Jibon prior to the team’s departure.
‘We have to ensure one thing that we don’t lose the match even if we can’t win the match because we will play the second match on our home ground.’
Jibon, who has been in brilliant form in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League for defending champions Abahani Limited by scoring 10 goals, is certain to play a vital role for Bangladesh in the match.
‘I believe in myself. I can get goals against Laos if I can transform my domestic performance into the match. Besides, I have the experience of playing against Laos twice, so I know how they play and how they defend,’ said Jibon.
Experienced midfielder Mamunul Islam deemed the fixture as ‘a final’ for Bangladesh.
‘I think the away match against Laos is the final match for us. If we can beat them in the away match, 80 per cent job will be done and we will be in advantageous position for the Dhaka leg,’ said the former national team captain.
‘If we can show our natural performance then we can beat Laos.
‘The big thing is that we never lost to them, rather we played a 2-2 draw against them in our last meeting on their home ground,’ added Mamunul.

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