Bangladesh take on Burundi in 2nd semifinal tomorrow

DHAKA After winning the crucial match against Sri

Lanka, motivated Bangladesh team embark on a new mission as they take on strong Burundi in the second semifinal of the sixth edition of Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football tournament scheduled to be held tomorrow (Thursday) at Bangabandhu National Stadium.

State-owned Bangladesh Television and private satellite channel RTV will

telecast the semifinal live while Bangladesh Betar will provide the live

commentary of the match that will kick off at 5 pm.

In the pre semifinal press conference held on Wednesday at the conference

room of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Bhaban, both the teams

optimistic on winning the match.

Bangladesh head coach James Day found quite hopeful on winning the first

semifinal against Burundi by saying that if the boys able to give their best

efforts, there would be chance to win the semifinal match against Burundi.

We know it's very tough match and we've to play really well if they

boys are able to give their best efforts, we have vary god chance to win

against Burundi, said the Bangladesh head coach at a pre semifinal press

conference today.

James said his team was in a difficult situation which they overcome and

now in good shape. Each team wants to win the competition and boys are very

confident to play against Burundi if they want to capitalize the chance.

The English born Bangladesh head coach said Burundi scored seven goals in

the last two matches and also praised the striking zone of their opponents,

but at the same time he said it would be a good chance for his defence to

tackle Burundi's attacks.

James informed that boys showed good football in the last game against Sri

Lanka and also went through a good practice session in the last two or three

days and looking forward to take the chance in the match.

Asked to comment about Motin Mia, the team's head coach said Motin scored

two goals in the last match and hoped he would carry out his form in the next


James informed that Jamal is fit and ready to play the second semifinal.

Team's captain Jamal Bhuyan, who missed the last group match against Sri

Lanka, also found hopeful to win against Burundi by saying that: We won the

last match against Sri Lanka and the victory raised our confidence level

before the tough match against Burundi we know it's a tough match but

we'll try to win the match.

We have confidence to win the match as footballer we are always under

pressure which is a part of the job . Burundi is better ranking side

compared to us but hoped it would not be question in the tomorrow's

(Thursday) match, said the team's captain.

Topu Bormon will miss the second semifinal against Burundi due to card

problem. The coach however did not disclose the name of Topu's replacement


On the other hand, Joslin Bipfecbusa also expressed his high hoped to play

the final of the competition beating Bangladesh.

Team's preparation is good and we know Bangladesh as a strong team

it's will be a first match for us against the home team we know how

hard the game is, but we are confident to win against Bangladesh, said


Joslin said they know about the Bangladesh team and ready to play against

the host team.

Team's captain Tambwe Amissi said both teams are strong. Bangladesh have

good players and they are in good position and but they want to play the


Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)