Bangladesh national hockey team head coach Mahbub Harun blamed penalty corner mess-up as the main reason behind their 0-2 defeat against Oman in the final of the Asian Games Qualifiers in Muscat on Saturday.
Bangladesh dominated the match and earned nine penalty corners but could not convert any of those.
It was Bangladesh’s fourth straight defeat against Oman, who are currently two-position behind of Bangladesh in the World Hockey Rankings.
‘We lost the game only because of our failure of converting penalty corners,’ Harun said Sunday.
‘Our players also failed to play according to our plans.’
Oman, on the other hand, scored both goals from dead ball situation as they successfully converted a penalty corner and a penalty stroke to seal the victory.
Bangladesh, the champions of the last edition, played only one warm-up match against lowly Kazakhstan before travelling to Oman.
In contrast, Oman made a good preparation for this tournament as they played warm-up matches in Hong Kong and also participated in a tri-nation tournament which involved mighty Pakistan and Japan.
However, Bangladesh Hockey Federation general secretary Abdus Sadeque promised to provide
proper training facilities before the final round of Asian Games, scheduled
in Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang
from August 18 to September 2.
‘We are planning to keep the national team in a training camp until the Games starts,’ Sadeque said.
‘We will also arrange some practice matches for the national side at home and abroad while we have a plan to invite some club teams of China to play some warm-up matches before the games.’
Bangladesh team will return home today.
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