Published:  01:22 AM, 03 December 2019

BD suffer early blow in SA Games Football

BD suffer early blow in SA Games Football An action during SA Games football match between Bangladesh and Bhutan at Kathmandu on Monday. -BFF

Bangladesh Under-23 Football team suffered an early setback in their 13th South Asian (SA) Games Football campaign as they launched SA Games football with 1-0 defeat against minnows Bhutan in the opening match on Monday at Dasarath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu.

Bangladesh sent a formidable football team in Nepal where most of the players are national experienced but they showed woeful performance against an ordinary Bhutan side. Both Bangladesh and Bhutan finished the first half with goalless but Bangladesh squandered a golden chance in the 38th minute when Saduddin failed to head an Ibrahim's cross.

However, Bhutan netted the only goal of the match in 65th minute with Bangladeshi defender's failure to clear the ball. Bhutan's famed forward Chencho Gyeltshen did not made any mistake and he beat Bangladeshi goalkeeper with placing shot.

Bangladesh had a golden chance clinch football crown for the 3rd time after 1999 Games in Kathmandu and 2010 Games in Dhaka, in absence of former champions India and Pakistan but Bangladesh suffered an early blow in the competition. Bangladesh will play their next match against Maldives today in the round robin league competition.

Earlier, A confidant 24-member Bangladesh football team reached Nepalese capital Kathmandu last Wednesday to take part in the five-team SA Games Football eyeing a final berth.

  All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) rescheduled the fixture of the five-team competition in the dying moment as runners-up India are not taking part in the football event. According to the fresh schedule, Bangladesh will face Maldives today at 5:15 pm, Sri Lanka on December 5 at 5:15 pm and hosts and defending champions Nepal on December 8 at 5:15 pm, all at the same stadium.

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