Last three times champions Bangladesh smartly reached the final of the nine-nation Men’s Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Cup 2022 with all-win record crushing their Central Asian rivals Kazakhstan by 8-1 goal in the 2nd semifinal at the GBK Hockey Field in Jakarta on Saturday.
With the day’s feat, Bangladesh not only reach the final but also qualified for the final round of the next Men’s Asia Cup Hockey with direct qualifiers –India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan– as one of the top three teams of the ongoing AHF Cup 2022.
Bangladesh will play final on Sunday (March 20) at 7 pm local time and 6 pm Bangladesh time against Oman, which eliminated Sri Lanka by 2-1 goal in the first semifinal, also on Saturday.
In the day’s one sided 2nd semifinal, Ashraful Islam made a hattrick scoring four goals, last match hattrick- maker Khorshedur Rahman struck two while Rasel Mahmud and Shohanur Rahman Sabuj scored one goal each for Bangladesh
Earlier, Bangladesh crushed Singapore 7-0, beating hosts Indonesia 7-2, Iran 6-2 and upper ranked Oman 3-2 in the Pool B matches of the nine-team AHF Cup, also a qualifying meet for the next Men’s Asia Cup Hockey.
Source: United News of Bangladesh