Bangladesh will be looking for a victory at any cost against Myanmar in the crucial match of the AFC Challenge Cup Group A qualifiers at the Bangabandhu National Stadium at 6:00pm today. A win will ensure Bangladesh’s qualification for the final round.
Coach Dido expects total team-work from his boys. In the most important match of the meet Dido hopes that his boys will stick to the plan. Dido rested his boys from practice session as the team played in the staggering heat of 38.5 degree Celsius against Cambodia on Sunday. The team had a session in the pool and jogged at the Ramna Park in the evening.
Bangladesh’s 1-0 win against Cambodia saw the attackers miss a good number of scoring chances and had to wait till the 72nd minute to hit the back of the net. The lone forward, Enamul, felt the lack of a striking partner as the team broke through the opposition defence several times but could not find the touch.
However, Dido stuck to his plans and kept his faith on Enamul, which paid off at last. Dido is not eager to change his starting eleven from the previous match for today’s game. However, he said that he may opt for different options according to the situation.
The inclusion of four debutants was successful, though midfielder Emon Babu failed to play at the desired level. Defenders Nasir and Mamun Mia and midfielder Manik excelled in their duties.
‘Missing chances is a part of the game and I am not worried about that. What I want is that the boys should maintain the same level they had produced against Cambodia. There are areas where we need to improve as Myanmar will be trying their best to topple us,’ said Dido.
Bangladesh assistant coach Shafiqul Islam Manik pointed out Myanmar skipper Myo Min Tun, forward Yaza Win Thien and midfielder Aung Myo Thant as the threats for Bangladesh. Apart form these three, holding midfielder Soe Thiha Aung has the capability to cause problems for Bangladesh.
However, Bangladesh have firepower in midfielder Zahid, Manik and Mamun, defenders Nasir, Waly Faisal and Mishu to get through the Myanmar defence. The Bangladesh midfield, led by Arman Aziz, will constantly look to breach the opposition defence.
The Myanmar coach, Tin Mint Aung, has spoken of the tough challenge ahead. ‘The win against Macau was a good warm-up for the crucial match against Bangladesh. But to win we have to improve in every sector of the field. Bangladesh playing at home will be a tough nut to crack but we hope to put our best and win,’ said Aung.
Bangladesh vs Myanmar at a glance
1973: Myanmar 6-0 Bangladesh
1975: Myanmar 7-1 Bangladesh
1993: Bangladesh 3-1 Myanmar
1995: Myanmar 4-0 Bangladesh
1995: Bangladesh 2-1 Myanmar
2008: Myanmar 1-0 Bangladesh
2008: Bangladesh 0-0 Myanmar