‘Utilising chances key against Qatar’


Bangladesh coach Jamie Day on Saturday emphasised on the need of utilising scarce chances when they take on Asian champions Qatar in their second FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 joint qualifiers match in Dhaka on October 10.

Bangladesh started their joint-qualifiers campaign with a 0-1 loss against Afghanistan while Qatar are in top of the five team Group E table with four points after their 6-0 win against Afghanistan and goalless draw against India.

Oman are in second place with three points followed by Afghanistan, India and Bangladesh in third, fourth and fifth places respectively with three, one and zero points.

As part of their preparation for the Qatar tie, Bangladesh Football Federation arranged a two match FIFA International friendly series against Bhutan at home and they prepared well for their crucial tie by winning the matches 4-1 and 2-0 goals respectively.

After a one-day rest to recover, the charges of Jamie Day resumed their training at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Saturday.

‘We have to be better than we have done on the ball, when you play a better team,’ said Day during the training session.

‘We will look forward…When we do get it we’ve got to look after it, we’ve got to take care with the right pass and when we get a chance, we’ve got to make sure we do our best to try and score or get something from it – a corner, or throw-in or an end product.’

Referring to Qatar’s last two matches in the qualifiers, the coach said, ’If you look at all the games against Qatar, both teams [Afghanistan and India] have had to defend very well for long periods of the game.

‘It’s going to be probably the same for us. We’re going to have to defend and defend well and be hard to beat and when we get the ball we’ve got to take care of it and try to do as well as we can with the ball.’

Bangladesh’s veteran midfielder Mamunul Islam believed that they would have to defend well and try to score from counter attacks if they want to get something from the Qatar match.

‘We will have to defend deep and need to make sure we utilise the chances we get in counter-attack,’ he said.

Nabib Newaz Jiban, who scored a brace in Bangladesh’s 4-1 win against Bhutan on September 3, echoed Mamunul.

‘They [Qatar] are definitely a very good side. So we will get very few chances. If we get one or two chances, we need to score from those.’

Bangladesh will face India at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on October 15