U-16 Dev Football: Bangladesh to face Cambodia on Wednesday



Bangladesh U-16 Football team will face Cambodia U-16 Football team in their first match of the four-team UEFA Assist Under-16 Development Tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Wednesday.

The match will kick-off at 7 pm (BdST).

Faroe Islands U-16 Football team will play the Maldives U-16 Football team in the opening match at the same venue at 4 pm on Wednesday.

In the remaining matches of the league-basis meet, Bangladesh will meet Faroe Islands on October 18 and Maldives on October 20.

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) announced a 20-member squad for the tournament in a pre-tournament press conference at BFF house in Motijheel on Tuesday.

Three players – defender Hafizur Rahman Tushar, midfielders Asadul Molla and Tauhidul Islam Sifat – have been dropped from the 23-member squad that played in the AFC U-16 Championship 2020 Qualification in Qatar last September.

Addressing a pre-tournament press conference on Tuesday, Bangladesh Head Coach Robert Martin Ryles said that “It’s a great opportunity to show development of Bangladesh (Football). We are obviously looking forward for the great opportunities and to experience a good competition against the teams from Asia and Europe.”

Bangladesh captain Jony Sikder said “We played well against Qatar, Yemen and Bhutan in the AFC Championship. We will play attacking games and hope, we will do good here.”

Among others, Faroe Island Head Coach Aki Johansen, Maldives head coach Mohamed Nizam, Maldives Captain Hassan Azoomu Ali, Cambodia Head Coach Inoue Kazunori and Cambodia Captain Choun Pili were also present on the occasion.

Earlier, Bangladesh ended third in the last edition of the UEFA assist football development tournament in 2018 held in Thailand.

The Bangladeshi boys conceded a 10-0 goals defeat against Maldives in their first match, played a 1-1 draw against hosts Thailand in the 2nd match and conceded 0-4 goals defeat against Cyprus in the 3rd and last match.

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