Jamal recalls goal against India

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 10:23pm on May 19, 2020

Bangladesh national football team captain Jamal Bhuiyan during a Facebook live show on Monday recalled his team’s set-piece plans from their 2022 World Cup qualifier against India where they came agonisingly close to a win.

The match on October 15, 2019 in Kolkata ended in a 1-1 draw with forward Saad Uddin silencing a jam-packed Salt Lake crowd with a header from a Jamal’s free-kick in the 42nd minute before India escaped with a late equaliser.

Jamal revealed how he and Saad planned out the goal right before the free-kick.

‘I told Saad that I would shoot at the second post. I did that and Saad did a great run and scored [by header]. It was great,’ said Jamal during a live-chat show named ‘DT Locker Room’ from Denmark, where he is now staying with his family.   

When the visitors were sensing their first win in the qualifiers, Indian defender Adil Khan broke Bangladesh hearts with the equaliser two minutes from the stipulated time.

Jamal, who has been captaining Bangladesh since 2018, said that he took tremendous pride in leading the national side.

‘Wearing that armband is always special. It gives me goose bumps every time during the national anthem. It’s always special to captain the national side,’ he said.

Jamal, who is also the captain of Saif Sporting Club Limited, expressed mixed feelings about the cancellation of Bangladesh Premier League due to coronavirus pandemic.

‘It’s a mixed feeling because all footballers feel sad as the league was shut down…footballers want to play but we have to respect BFF’s decision and we have to also respect clubs decisions,’ said Jamal.    

 ‘Unfortunately, we are in a situation, none of us can do anything and we just have to sit and wait..It’s a bit frustrating for players and clubs,’ he added.