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Booters' practice ends in 3-0 win

Sports Reporter

The Asian Games-bound national U-23 booters rounded off their practice matches with a 3-0 win over the Bangladesh Police AC at the Rajarbagh Police Line ground yesterday. The team leaves here for South Korea to participate in the Games on Sunday.

Coach Lodewijk de Kruif rested all the regular players except Atiqur Rahman Meshu and Yousuf Sifat who played in the 0-1 loss to Nepal on August 29 and, contrary to the scoreline, the second-string side could hardly impress against the third-tier side in the first half which also saw midfielder Abdul Malek sent off after 16 minutes.

However, winger Jewel Rana broke the deadlock, striking in the 55th minute and doubled the lead in the 75th minute before Meshu sealed the team's fourth victory in six practice matches they played since the start of the residential camp at BKSP on August 4.

The U-23 booters had started their warm-up matches with a goalless draw against a BFF XI before winning three successive matches -- two against Bangladesh Army and the other against their Nepal counterparts in the first FIFA friendly. They however suffered an identical 1-0 defeat to Nepal in the second game on August 29.

BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem said that they were sending the team a week before the start of the event so that the players could cope with the conditions.

Published: 12:00 am Friday, September 05, 2014

Last modified: 10:47 pm Thursday, September 04, 2014

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