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)