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Bangladeshi National Team Off to HK
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A 22-member Bangladeshi national football team left Dhaka on Monday with a dream to win their last match of the Asian Cup qualifying match against Hong Kong, local daily The Independent reported Tuesday.

It will be the away match for Bangladesh against Hong Kong, to whom they lost by a solitary goal defeat at home soil in March this year, while Bangladesh tasted five defeats in as many matches. Apart from Bangladesh and Hong Kong, Qatar and Uzbekistan are the two other teams of Group F, who have already moved into the final phase as the group champions and runners up respectively.

On the eve of the team's departure, coach Hasanuzzaman Bablu said, "All the teams have an expectation to win, so our aim would also not be different but I know they are stronger and would have the home advantage," Bablu said.

Replying to a query, Bablu said, "Now we have no pressure and the boys will play in tense free mood because we have nothing to lose, so it's also an advantage for us, moreover I tried to motivate them to be more committed."

Meanwhile, team captain Aminul Haque said all of the players are fit in both physically and mentally and have good combination between the youngsters and the veterans.

"We shall try our level best to put on an equal fight to earn at least one point, although we would have to play on a different condition, but morally we are high," Aminul said.

(Xinhua News Agency November 15, 2006)

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