Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has backtracked from its original plan of not sending the winning squad of the SAFF U-15 Championship to a four-nation tournament in Thailand as the boys in red and green are all set to leave for Thailand in the hours on Saturday.
Bangladesh U-15 team will play their first match against Cyprus on December 10 before taking on Thailand and Maldives on December 12 and 14 respectively in the tournament funded by UEFA under its mini-tournament project in Asia.
BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag had earlier said that they were thinking of not sending the team to the UEFA-funded tournament to avoid embarrassment against strong opponents, but they later decided to send the team to give the players international exposure ahead of next year's AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers.
“The boys have been in the training camp since their return from Nepal in early November and they have been trying to improve day by day as there is no alternative to improving if they want to go further. However, they are committed to show good performance in the tournament where we want to win at least one match,” coach Anwar Parvez Babu said, adding that they would try not to lose against Cyprus in their first match and then play against Thailand by analysing the performance of the home team.
“I don't have any idea of how the European age-group teams are but our U-14 boys beat Manchester City youth team in Mokh Cup in Malaysia. I think they will not be tough to face,” Babu added.