UEFA Assist U16 Boys' Development Tournament
Bangladesh meets Cambodia today
Bangladesh and Cambodia are engaging today (Wednesday) in the second match of the UEFA Assist U16 Boys' Development Tournament 2019 at 7:00pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Strong Faroe Islands will take on the Maldives at 4:00pm in the first match of the tournament arranged in Collaboration with Asian Football confederation (AFC).
Before that, the coaches and skippers talked to media regarding their targets and preparation for the event.
Bangladesh junior boys' head coach Robert Martin Ryles said, "To be honest, we were waiting for a long time for this tournament. It is a great opportunity for my boys to gather experience. Teams from Asia and Europe are playing here and it is a great chance to play against them. Asian teams like Bangladesh do not get much chance to play against teams like Faroe Islands. This tournament is good."
He said about the team, "There were 23 booters in our squad for AFC under-16 boys' championship in Qatar. But for this tournament, the rules allowed us to pick 20 players only. Except, three booters of that squad, the previous players are playing in the event."
About result and targets, coach said, "Nobody can guarantee a good result in such an event. But, what I can guarantee is a good performance of my boys. Our target remains the same and these are: to perform maximum, to develop us and to prepare us to deal with the strong opponents."
Bangladesh is playing the event for the second time. The boys took part in the development tournament in Thailand last year and faced Cyprus, the Maldives and host Thailand. The red and greens finished third in the event then.
Cambodia's Japanese head coach Inoue Kazunori said, "We have played AFC U-16 Boys' event where we faced teams like Japan, Malaysia and Laos and lost all the matches."
"Bangladesh is a well developed and much organised team. So we are waiting to face them in the tournament."
Skipper and defender Choun Pili said, "We are very happy to be in Bangladesh to play the tournament. I hope my team become champion here."
On the other hand, Faroe Islands coach Aki Johansen said, "We are far away from home. It took us about 14 long hours to come here. It is a new team and it will be their first international tournament. This tournament will help the boys gather experience. It is a new experience for the boys as they had to travel a long way. Here, they will be facing teams from different circumstances."
"The weather here is a little hot for us. Back home, it was only six degree Celsius."
"There are only 15 thousand people in our Island. Doing well is really important for us as people are expecting good results.
The Maldives head coach Mohamed Nizam said, "We were not focusing on developing our football earlier and now emphasis was given on the age level development. I was given a four-year project to develop the footballers and I am expecting to be with these boys till forming a good squad for the next national team from them."
"For us, it is going to be another opportunity to gather experience."
"I thing Faroe Islands is the strongest team in the tournament and Bangladesh, in recent times, has developed itself and is likely to be the second best challenger here."
Skipper Hassan Azoomu Ali said, "We are prepared and confident to do well here. My fellows are looking forward to win our first match tomorrow."
Apparently all the teams are here to gather as much experiences as possible by playing against teams of different zones and having hopes to do well.