Kriralok Desk: In the first match of the Men’s Hockey Junior Asia Cup last Tuesday (May 23), the Red-Green defeated the host Oman by 2-0. Bangladesh will face Malaysia in their second match of the tournament today. The match will be held at the Salalah Sports Complex in Oman today at 5:30 pm (Bangladesh time).
Meanwhile, in the second match, Bangladesh’s opponent Malaysia is a stronger team than the host Oman. Malaysia got off to a flying start by beating Uzbekistan 8-1 in their first match. Besides, they have not played much against Bangladesh. And the red-greens have no happy memories of what happened. The last time Bangladesh faced Malaysia, Seva didn’t care a word in front of them.
In 2015, they beat the Red-Greens 8-0 in the competition with the under-21 team. But times have changed and Bangladesh is also improving itself in hockey. Therefore, it can be said that Bangladesh has an opportunity to respond to the previous defeat by winning.
Before this, Bangladesh won their first match of the tournament last Tuesday against the hosts Oman with the goals scored by Tasin Ali and Zahid Hossain. Tasin gave the team an early lead with a wonderful field goal in the 22th minute of the game. After a couple of minutes, the joy of the goal again Bangladesh. Zahid doubled the margin with a field goal. And that’s why the red-green won 2-0. Besides, Bangladesh won the AHF Cup hockey final match against this team four months ago.
After winning the first match, team leader of Bangladesh team Mahabubul Ehsan Rana said, ‘We are happy to start the tournament with a win. It is always difficult to win against the hosts. Oman is always a tough opponent. Our boys played well against them and brought out the result.
He also said that at the beginning of the match there was some difficulty in getting ready. As time went on we played fair matches. I will not say that the coach’s plan was implemented 100% by the boys; But a lot has been achieved in this match. Hopefully the team will organize themselves further. Our goalkeeper Nayan played well today. Tasin, Zahid, Rakiri also played well.