The Bangladesh U-23 football team flew off to Sri Lanka yesterday to take part in the Mahindra Rajapaksha International Football Tournament, scheduled for December 3 to 9 in Nawalapitiya.
Bangladesh have their sights on the title of the tournament which also involves hosts Sri Lanka, Maldives and Pakistan. The top two sides from the round-robin league will play in the final on December 9.
â€œIndia are a strong opponent in this region, but they are not playing in Sri Lanka which is why Bangladesh have a good chance of winning the tournamentâ€ said Bangladesh coach Saiful Bari Titu on the verge of departure yesterday.
Titu was however aware of the strength of the opponents. â€œIt is an age-level tournament and all the teams are almost equal. So the players must play to their full potential.â€
Bangladesh will play their first match against Pakistan on December 3, their second against Sri Lanka on December 5 and the last league match against Maldives on December 7.