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Saighani warns India to be wary of Bangladesh

  • Published at 11:20 am October 13th, 2019
Bangladesh's Sohel Rana
Bangladesh's Sohel Rana (C) in action during training in Dhaka Dhaka Tribune

Masih Saighani believes the Bengal Tigers have what it takes to hurt India on the counter

Chennaiyin Football Club’s defensive midfielder, Masih Saighani, previously at Abahani Limited, has warned India to be wary of Bangladesh when the two teams face each other in a Group E tie of the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup joint qualifiers at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata Tuesday.

Saighani, who had a year-long spell at Abahani, said Bangladesh possess a lot of qualities, thanks mainly to the emergence of Bashundhara Kings.

The Afghanistan international added, “Bashundhara’s (Bangladesh Premier League champion) Spanish coach Oscar Bruzon has changed the way that team play. And (Abahani) coach Mario Lemos from Portugal also added his style to the team. These players play a passing game and press high up the pitch.”

Saighani though informed that the men in red and green will be somewhat depleted by several injuries.

“Their main center-back Topu Barman, midfielder Atiqur Rahman Fahad and No 7 central midfielder Masuk Mia Jony all have ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries. It's such bad luck,” said Saighani.

The former Abahani booter picked out striker Nabib Newaj Jibon and midfielder Sohel Rana as the players to watch out.

“Jibon is an awesome player with a lot of qualities; very fast, technically very good. He is not very strong and this, maybe, is one of his problems. Emon Mahmud Babu is the main player but not in the squad. I don’t know why. Then they have Sohel, who is very agile,” the 33-year old elucidated.

Saighani believes the Bengal Tigers have what it takes to hurt India on the counter.

“I think just be very careful with counter-attacks. They (Bangladesh) try to stay compact. They will not try to outplay India, they will kick long and go for the second balls. India will have to be careful about not making small mistakes and avoid lapse in concentration from the first minute to last,” said Saighani.