Booters train in Bandung
Bangladesh national football team members trained for the first time in the Indonesian city of Bandung for the first time yesterday after reaching Indonesia on the previous day.
The men in red and green, who will play the hosts in a FIFA friendly on June 1, travelled to Bandung from Jakarta after flying out of Dhaka in the wee hours of Friday.
The training session, according to video footages and messages sent by the Bangladesh Football Federation, limited to tactical work including defending and set-pieces.
Rahmat Mia, one of the defenders of the team, said after the session: "This was out first training session in Indonesia today following a long journey yesterday. So far we had trained in groups (back at home) in absence of the Bashundhara Kings players who were busy with the AFC Cup.
"We had the full team (23 members) at disposal today. We basically worked on defensive shape of the team – how we can create blocks. Towards the end of the session, we worked on set pieces, especially defending set-pieces. It was a low-intensity session," said the Saif SC full-back.
Coach Javier Cabrera also spoke about how the hour-long session was basically focused on recovery following the long journey.
Following the friendly against Indonesia, who are 29 places above Bangladesh in FIFA rankings, Cabrera's charges will move to Malaysia for the Asian Cup Qualifiers, where they will play against Bahrain, Turkmenistan and Malaysia on June 8, 11 and 14 respectively.
Six group winners and five best runners-up teams will join 13 teams who have already qualified for next year's Asian Cup.