Bangladesh look for solid display against Oman

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 14,2019


Bangladesh national team footballers take part during a training session at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat on Wednesday. — BFF photo

Bangladesh will looking for a clinical display when they take on hosts Oman in their fourth Group E 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup joint qualifiers match at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat today.

The match will begin at 9:00pm Bangladesh Standard Time and satellite channel Bangla TV will live telecast the match.

Bangladesh, who are 100-place behind Oman (84th) in the current FIFA rankings, are languishing at the bottom of five-team group table with one point from three matches.

Their only point came in their spirited 1-1 draw against India after conceding 0-2 loss at home against Qatar and a narrow 0-1 loss in their opening match away to Afghanistan. 

Oman are in second place of the table with six points with their 2-1 and 3-0 wins against India and Afghanistan and a 1-2 defeat against table toppers Qatar.

‘We have to be solid all over the pitch defensively. All we can do is keep creating chances and work on

organised and play with a good tempo,’ said Bangladesh coach Jamie Day during a pre-match press conference in Muscat on Wednesday.

The Englishman hinted that there would not be many changes in first eleven from their last match against India and urged his charges to take their chances from counter-attack.   

‘We don’t want to change much. I think in the previous two games we have played really well. I instructed them to enjoy the match and do their best. We must work hard and stay organised. When our chances do arrive we need to be clinical,’ added Day. 

Oman coach Erwin Koeman was confident of another win but at the same time he believed that the team who would play better on the given day had a better chance of winning. 

‘It’s all about us. We will make the game tomorrow [Thursday]. We had a lot of box sessions. It is all about form on the day and I am very confident about it. We have to try to keep space to get chances. We know how to play,’ said the Dutchman.

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