Crucial Bangladesh-Nepal tie today

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It will be an acid test for Bangladesh U-18 booters as they face defending champions Nepal in the crucial SAFF U-18 Championship match at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan tomorrow.

The match is scheduled to start at 7pm in the Chalimithang Stadium in Bhutan’s capital Thimpu.

Bangladesh, fresh from their extraordinary wins, one against India and the other one against the Maldives, junior Tigers are leading the five-team table with six points from two matches.


A victory against Nepal tomorrow may almost see them lifting the trophy. After a Nepal win, they will need only a single point in the last match against hosts Bhutan, who have also identified six points but they have played one match more than Bangladesh.

After their incredible performance against India and also dominating performance against Maldives, the boys in red and green are looking ahead with their morale sky high and would leave no stone unturned to keep the slate clean.

After training, Head Coach of the Bangladesh U-18 National Team, Mahbubur Rahman Roxy commented on the team’s hopes and ambitions. “The match against Nepal U-18 is highly important. We have no alternative to a win, which will increase our chances of the trophy by 90 percent.” The coach added that the team is confident with a positive vibe before facing Nepal. He asked for everyone’s support and blessings.

However, the boys in red and green are upbeat following two wins and they have got four days to be prepared as well as refreshed before taking on holders Nepal.

As report received in Dhaka, Coach Roxy believes that if his side beats Nepal tomorrow [Monday] then it will be almost job done, needing a draw against Bhutan in the last match to ensure the championship.

Coach Roxy has identified that Nepal on break is a very good team and their forwards are pretty good whereas as their defense is concerned there is lots of weakness.

He hopes that his players can play to their true potentials then they have a good chance to come up with expected results. He also warned that Nepal are used to play on this theses types of altitude so they will not be an easy rides.

Roxy also hinted that there might a be a change or two with midfielder Al Amin is likely to come in place of Saikat Munna and also knows that striker Jafar Iqbal will be thoroughly marked. Our other players have to play well to take off extra pressure from Jafar Iqbal.


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