The AHF Cup champions Bangladesh finished runners-up in the nine-nation Asian Games Men’s Hockey Qualifier with a 2-6 goals defeat against their old foe Oman in the final at Queen Sirkit Commemorative Stadium in Bangkok Sunday afternoon
Both Bangladesh and Oman earlier qualified for the Asian Games Hockey’2022 main battle as the top six teams of the ongoing qualifying round are entitled to play in the Asian Games Hockey.
With the day’s well merited victory, Oman not only clinched the long cherished title, but also took revenge of their two consecutive defeats against Bangladesh in the nine-nation AHF Cup Hockey held in Jakarta two month ago.
Earlier in March 20 this year, Bangladesh clinched the nine-nation Men’s Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Cup title for the 4th times in a row with all-win record beating upper ranked Oman twice in the final and in the group match in Indonesia.
Bangladesh emerged as AHF Cup champions beating Oman by 5-3 goals in penalty shoot out as the final match between two teams was locked in 1-1 draw in stipulated period. Bangladesh also beat Oman by 3-2 goals in the AHF Cup group match.
In the day’s final, Oman took lead by 3-0 in the first nine minutes surprising Bangladesh and the frustrated Bangladesh never recovered from their early lapses.
Shaaibi Ammaar put Oman ahead in the very 3rd minute of the match from a penalty corner (1-0), Al Lawati Fahad doubled the margin in the 7th minute by a field goal (2-0) and Al Saadi Salah scored the 3rd goals for Oman in the 9th minute (3-0).
After a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, inspired Oman maintained their strong pressure over their traditional rivals Bangladesh and sounded their margin again as Al Qasmi Asaad Mubarak scoring the 4th goal in the 33rd minute (4-0).
Ashraful Islam of Bangladesh reduced the margin in the 47th minute from a penalty corner (4-1)..
Fazari Rashad and Al Shibli Asama scored two more field goals for Oman in the 50th and, 58th minutes respectively (6-1).
Fazle Hossain Rabby scored the 2nd goal for Bangladesh just one minute before the match over (6-2).
Bangladesh reached the final outplaying hosts Thailand by 4-1 goals in the 2nd semifinal at the same.Venue last Saturday
.Earlier, Bangladesh emerged Pool B champions with all-win record to reach the semifinal of the Asian Games Men’s Hockey Qualifier after beating Indonesia and Sri Lanka by 3-1 goals each and Singapore by 1-0 goal in three group matches.
As the Asian Games qualifier concluded today (Sunday),, the Bangladesh team led by new captain Khorshedur Rahman will travel to Indonesia directly from Thailand to compete in the Men’s Asia Cup Hockey to be held in Jakarta from May 23 to June 1.
In the eight- nation Hero Men’s Asia Cup Hockey, Bangladesh team also been placed in Pool B with Malaysia, Korea and Oman.
Bangladesh will face Korea on May 23, Oman on May 24 and Malaysia on May 26.
Source: United News of Bangladesh