SAFF Suzuki Cup: Bangladesh to face Maldives Saturday

SAFF Suzuki Cup: Bangladesh to face Maldives Saturday

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Bangladesh will face the Maldives in the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup football tournament at the Trivandrum International Stadium in Kerala, India on Saturday.The match will start at 4:00pm (Bangladesh time).Bangladesh team head coach Maruful Haque is still hopeful that his team will reach to semifinal in the tournament, despite his side was beaten by defending champion Afghanistan 4-0 margin in their first match on Thursday. The coach said, “We still have two more matches and we hope we can make it to semifinals.”   “They played too many miss passes, but I must appreciate my players that they have attitude to do well and I’m sure they will bounce back in the tournament,” Maruful Haque expressed his hope in the post match press briefing on Thursday.The Maldives started their tournament campaign with a 3-1 win over Bhutan at the same venue on Thursday.Bangladesh Squad: Rasel Mahmud, Ashraful Islam Rana, Sahidul Alam, Topu Barman, Nasir Uddin Chowdhury, Waly Faisal, Rayhan Hasan, Yeasin Khan, Atiqur Rahman Meshu, Yeamin Ahmed Chowdhury Munna, Nasirul Islam Nasir, Jamal Bhuyan, Hemanta Vincent Biswas, Zahid Hossain, Monaem Raju Khan, Mamunul Islam Mamun (captain), Sohel Rana, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi, Jewel Rana, Nabib Newaj Jibon and Shakawat Hossain Rony.Maldives squad: Imran Mohamed, Mohamed Faisal, Ibrahim Areef, Ahmed Abdulla, Samdhooh Mohamed, Amdhan Ali, Shafiu Ahmed, Ibrahim Abdulla, Ali Samooh, Ali Fasir, Mohamed Arif, Ismail Easa, Yasfaadh Habeeb, Ahmed Imaz, Mohamed Irufaan, Hamzath Mohamed, Ali Ashfaq, Ansar Ibrahim, Asadhulla Abdulla, Hassan Naiz, Ahmed Nashid and Ali Ashad.Dhaka, (UNB)

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