Bangladesh head coach Jamie Day lauded his charges for their spirited performance that earned them a 1-1 draw against a physically superior Afghanistan in their World Cup and Asian Cup Qualifiers match at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha yesterday.
“It was a very pleasing performance last night. The players showed great attitude and were great to keep going and got the deserved goal and a point. We could have gotten three [points] as well,” Day said today.
Despite the repeated attacks by Afghanistan, Bangladesh’s backline remained solid, barring that one lapse of concentration in the 47th minute that led to an Afghan goal. The booters, injected with a number of attacking options by Day, were able to salvage a draw through a late strike from veteran defender Tapu Barman.
Day remained impressed with the resilience shown by his troops and only wants a repeat of a similar performance against India on June 7.
“It’s a fantastic achievement to get a draw against a very good team. We are looking to take that confidence into the India game. We know it’s going to be an extremely tough game again. We are asking the boys to repeat that performance and reach their maximum levels, which we know we are going to need to do against India,” added Day.
Following their game against India on June 7, Bangladesh will face Oman on June 15, but unfortunately, the booters will be missing midfielder Sohel Rana in both outings. Sohel, who picked up an injury on his left arm and was subsequently subbed off in the 56th minute of the game against Afghanistan, has been ruled out of the matches against India and Oman.
Day, however, deemed this as an opportunity for the others to step up.
“We are disappointed to lose Sohel Rana for the next two games with the injury to his arm. He has been a good player for us and a key player for the national team. But it gives someone else to step in and play for the national team, perform and show that they are capable of playing at the international level,” Day concluded.