Jhenaidah, Sept 6 (UNB) - Jhenaidah Pourashava Eleven beat touring Kalyani Pourashava team of Nadia district of India by 1-0 goal in a friendly U-18 football match at the local Bir Shreshta Hamidur Rahman Stadium on Thursday.
The winners scored the match decider in the 2nd half from a penalty.
Deputy Commissioner of Jehnaidah Saroj Kumar Nath distributed the trophies as the chief guest.
Mayor of the Jhenaidah Pourashava Saidul Karim Mintu, Additional Police Super Milu Miah Biswas along with Coordinator of the visiting team Milon Ghosh and Coach Devabrata Biswas were also present at the match witnessed by several thousand local soccer fans.
Dhaka, Sep 6 (UNB) – Bangladesh have almost assured a semifinal berth in the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup with a 1-0 goal victory against Pakistan in a hard-fought Group A match under floodlight and amid huge cheers from some 18,000 crowd at Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.
Veteran defender Topu Barman scored the match winner for Bangladesh by a close range cool header that kissed the Pakistani net through the right corner.
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With the feat, Bangladesh topped the group list with all-win record securing full six points from two matches after making a 2-0 win over Bhutan, which have already been eliminated from the meet.
Despite the defeat, Pakistan also remained in the race for the semifinal with three points from two matches with a 2-1 win over Nepal in the tournament opener.
Pakistan have a chance to reach the semifinals if they could manage a win against Bhutan and Bangladesh either beat Nepal or draw in their next group matches, both on Saturday (September 8).
In the day’s match, Pakistan defended almost all the time with quick counterattack strategy while Bangladesh continued the forceful game by keeping 61.1 percent ball position.
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Bangladesh missed some chances in the second half. In the 69th minute, Masuk Miah Zoni took a header from the centre of the box off a Waly Faisal cross but went high and wide to the right post.
Forward Biplu Ahmed took a right-footed shot from outside the box, but the ball went straight to the grip of the goalie in the 58th minute.
Pakistan forward Muhammad Ali took a right-footed shot from the centre of the box only to go over edging the top right corner of the crosspiece in the 55th minute.
Pakistan captain Saddam Hussain missed a chance in the 46th minute as his right-footed shot from outside the box went high and wide to the right.
Earlier in the first half, Bangladesh started to play a forceful game after 10 minutes and made an attempt in the 29th minute as forward Saad Uddin’s right-footed long shot from the left flank went high and wide to the left off a Topu Barman pass.
The hosts continued pressing game and missed two chances as midfielder Masuk Miah Zoni’s right-footed shot from outside the box was blocked by Pakistani defence in the 40th minute before forward Mahbubur Rahman’s right-footed shot from more than 35 yards missed the left in the 42nd minute.
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Pakistan created a couple of quick counterattacks in between 20-30 minutes, but Bangladesh defenders foiled all their efforts.
Bangladesh goalie Sahidul Alam saved the post in the 9th minute as he foiled Pakistani forward Muhammad Ali’s header from inside the box, fisting the ball over the crosspiece.
Bangladesh brought two changes in the playing eleven as Shakhawat Hossain Rony and Emon Mahmud came in replacing injured Mahbubur Rahman and Biplu Ahmed respectively.
Pakistan also brought two changes in their playing eleven as Saadullah Khan and Faheem Ahmed replaced injured Mehmood Khan and Muhammad Adil respectively.
Masuk Miah Zoni fouled Pakistani forward Mehmood Khan in the 40th minute and got a yellow card.
Topu Barman was shown a yellow card for excessive celebration pulling off the jersey after scoring the match winning goal.
Pakistan defender Mohsin Ali was shown the yellow card as he committed foul with defender Bishwnath Ghosh.
Points table after each sides playing out two matches:
Team Match Win Loss GF GA GD Points
Bangladesh 2 2 0 3 0 +3 6
Nepal 2 1 1 5 2 +3 3
Pakistan 2 1 1 2 1 +1 3
Bhutan 2 0 0 0 6 -6 0
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – Touring Sri Lanka Air Force team beat Bangladesh Air Force team by 3-1 sets in a friendly volleyball match at the volleyball ground of BAF Base Bangabandhu on Thursday.
Air Officer Commanding of BAF Base Bangabandhu Air Vice Marshal M Shafiqul Alam witnessed the match as the chief guest and later he distributed prizes among the teams.
Senior officers, airmen and other members of Bangladesh Air Force were present on the occasion.
Sri Lanka Air Force volleyball team arrived here on September 3 in a tour aimed at strengthening the existing friendly relationship between BAF and SLAF.
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – Himalayan nation Nepal keep their semifinal hope alive from Group A of the seven-nation 12th SAFF Suzuki Cup’2018 thrashing Bhutan by 4-0 goals in their 2nd group match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Nepal, which suffered 1-2 goals defeat against Pakistan in the opening match on Tuesday, smartly returned to the winning path playing with a purpose and accomplished their mission with a dominating victory over Bhutan, who eliminated from the meet with two successive defeats after 0-2 loss against hosts Bangladesh in first appearance
Dhaka, Sept 6 (UNB) – Tigers’ ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has pledged to contribute his best for the team in the ensuing Asia Cup beginning on September 15 in the United Arab Emirates.
Bangladesh will start their Asia Cup campaign taking on Sri Lanka on the opening day in Dubai and will play Afghanistan on September 20 in Abu Dhabi in the day-night Group B matches.
Addressing a press conference in Mirpur on Thursday, Mashrafe said, “I had no any specific target in the West Indies tour. I have no specific target this time too except contributing for the team playing my best cricket.”
Two landmarks reckon the Bangladesh captain having 245 wickets in 190 ODIs. He needs three more wickets to overcome Pakistani speed start Shoaib Akhter’s 247 wickets and five more to reach the 250-wicket club in ODI cricket.
Ahead of the tour, BCB faces an awkward and embarrassing situation by the confusion around Shakib Al Hasan's fitness for the Asia Cup. BCB director Jalal Yunus said Shakib should have informed the board rather than the media that he feels he is ‘20-30 percent fit’ for the tournament.
Shakib contradicted himself in two recent interviews about his fitness, saying top players cannot play with such low levels of fitness.
"The board is put in an awkward and embarrassing situation. He didn't tell us when the selection was being finalised, or at any other time. It would have been better had he told us earlier that he was 20-30 percent fit. He didn't say that he can't play."
At the press conference, the Bangladesh captain and coach Steve Rhodes said even a half-fit Shakib would be good enough to play the Asia Cup.
"Since he played in the West Indies, I am sure he'd know his exact situation," Mashrafe said, adding: "His performance was very useful for winning there. I think it is more than enough if his fitness is at that level. But we can't do anything about it. He took the decision and since he will play, I am sure he will give his 100 percent."
Rhodes had said Shakib's statement was more headline-grabbing than anything else. "I don't believe he is 20-30 percent fit. I think he is a lot fitter than that. That sort of statement has hit the headline. I am pretty sure Shakib is a lot fitter than that. He is in no real different state to the state in West Indies, where he played some fantastic cricket with bat, ball and in the field.”
"Everybody knows that he does need the operation. He has made that decision after speaking to the BCB president. Asia Cup is very important to Bangladesh. Even if Shakib was 60-70 percent fit, you'd get a lot of cricket out of Shakib Al Hasan," he added.
Shakib is currently on vacation in the United States, and the BCB indicated he would be travelling from there to the UAE for the Asia Cup, and that Mominul Haque will be sent as cover for him.
Shakib injured the little finger on his left hand in January last, which forced him out of the home Tests and T20Is against Sri Lanka and the Pakistan Super League. He was supposed to undergo a finger surgery on return from the West Indies tour in the first week of August.
But, Shakib was named in the 16-man Asia Cup squad as understood that BCB president Nazmul Hassan suggested Shakib could have surgery after the tournament and skip the Zimbabwe series in October.
Bangladesh Squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider
Standby: Mominul Haque (back up for Shakib)