Nepalifootball.comNepal will play against Bangladesh in its first SAFF U-16 Championship Football Tournament match tomorrow at its home venue Dasharath Stadium, Kathamndu. Nepal is in Group B of this tournament alongside Bangladesh and Srilanka.
Nepal has to finish in top two spot in order to progress to the semi-finals of the SAFF U-16 Championship Football Tournament. Nepal will play with Sri Lanka on Saturday. The first match between Banladesh and Sri Lanka was won by Bangladesh in a compreshensive fashion outscoring the Sri Lankans by 6-2.
As most of the teams in South Asia are on par with each other irrespective with the FIFA ranking, Nepal should be really careful playing against Bangladesh. The Bangladesh team really looks to have some promising footballers. Mohamad Mezabahuddin looks a deadly player from Bangladesh to whom Nepalese defenders must keep an eye on. He really showed his skills against Srilanka by scoring a hattrick along with providing assist to his teammate.
Sunil Shrestha, Nepalese Team Coach mentioned that the prepartion of Nepalese team has been ongoing for the past three months. He further added that Nepalese team has chances of winning the tournament citing home advantage as one of the factor. But one concern he regards as lack of match practice before the tournament.
Mrigendra Mishra assistant to Shrestha added that he is satisfied with the performance of the team in the past couple of months. In addition to that he also metnioned that the Nepalese junior team should take some morale boost from their senior counterpart who performed remarkably better in their home match against strong Jordan team in their world cup qualifiers.
Let's hope and pray the junior National team can bring back some glory to Nepali football world. This in turn will inspire the senior national team to win something for the team as they have failed to win anything for a long time despite playing well in recent tournaments.