Bangladesh U23 team finished the group stage of Asian Games as the runners-up side with four points, behind table-topper Uzbekistan, and qualified for the Round of 16 having regional power house Qatar and Thailand in the same group. Bangladesh won against Qatar and shared points with Thailand.
Bangladeshi coach, Jamie Day was the man behind this success. He is expecting to use the experience of Asian Games in the upcoming SAFF Championship. The 38 year old former Arsenal man speaks exclusively to Maldivesoccer.com regarding the Asian games experience and how his side will use the experience in the upcoming SAFF Championship.
“We have used the Asian games as preparation for the SAFF championship and our target will be to try get out of the group stage”.
Bangladesh, as the host of the next edition of SAFF Championship, will be in group A alongside Pakistan, Bhutan and Nepal. Bangladesh will start their SAFF campaign on 4th September against Nepal.
It’s been a fantastic journey and a good experience for everyone involved. We will have to find out really the effect it has had both positive and negative in the next few weeks
“Everyone at Asians games will be involved in SAFF as we are looking longer term and feel these young lads will benefit playing in that”.
Bangladesh is set to play a friendly game against Sri Lanka ahead of SAFF Championship 2018, which is scheduled to kick off on 4th September at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka.
Under the guidance of Jamie, Bangladesh won against Qatar 1-0 and held Thailand by 1-1. Bangladesh was knocked out from the round of 16 as they lost 3-1 to North Korea.