• Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nepal arrive today

Sports Reporter

The Nepal national U-23 football team will arrive in Dhaka today to play two FIFA A-category friendly matches against Bangladesh national U-23 team, as part of both teams' preparation for September's Asian Games.

The first match will be held at the Army Stadium in Dhaka tomorrow while the second match will be held on August 29 in Sylhet, which is going to host its first ever international football match.

"Since the pitches at the Bangabandhu National Stadium and the Kamalapur Stadium are in poor condition due to water-logging following incessant rain, we have decided to take the first match to the Army Stadium, which is comparatively in better condition," said BFF vice president Tabith M Awal during a press conference at the BFF House yesterday. Tabith also informed that the decision to hold the second match in Sylhet has been taken in order to spread international football at district level.

The visiting Nepal U-23 team will virtually get no time to practise as they would arrive here at 5:00pm today and travel to BKSP straight from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

"We have fixed the schedule after consulting with the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) and we had no alternative due to the flight schedule of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Besides, the hosts always take home advantage. However, Nepal will get enough time to practice before the second match," said Tabith, who is also a member of National Teams Committee.

The two matches will be sponsored by steel manufacturing company SS Steel. The company's chairman Kazi Shakil announced that they would bear all the expenditure regarding the two matches.

National team's assistant coach Rene Koster said they are taking the two matches seriously and want to win both matches rather than experiment ahead of the Asian Games.

Koster urged spectators to turn up in big numbers at both matches to support the home side. The price of gallery tickets for both matches has been fixed at Tk 20.

Published: 12:00 am Monday, August 25, 2014

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