The good news is that Jamal Bhuiyan returned to training session at Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited ground Tuesday morning, announcing his availability for the crucial semi-final tie against Group B champion Burundi Thursday
Jamal Bhuiyan has been one of the most consistent performers in the last couple of years for the Bangladesh football team.
The midfielder missed only two matches out of a total of 18 since Jamie Day took charge, and both were against Sri Lanka, including their last Bangabandhu Gold Cup group stage match Sunday at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka when he was ruled out due to injury.
The good news is that the skipper returned to training session at Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited ground Tuesday morning, announcing his availability for the crucial semi-final tie against Group B champion Burundi Thursday.
“I felt a little bad for not being involved in the last game due to severe pain, but it gave others the chance, which is good for the team. I still have little pain but I can play the next game,” said the 29-year-old in whose absence Manik Hossain Molla made his international debut.
“Manik played well on his debut, which is good for the team. We have many midfielders like Fahad [Atiqur Rahman], Jony [Masuk Mia], Mamunul [Islam] and Sohel [Rana]. So it will increase the competition in the team,” added the Saif Sporting Club captain after practice.
Bangladesh will play against Burundi for the first ever time.
Burundi don’t have the same squad that made history by qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations last year but still looked clinical among the six teams, scoring seven goals in two group phase games.
“Burundi have a strong attacking line-up with good strikers and their players are physically stronger,” said the Bangladesh captain.
“They sometimes don't run back which left the defence unorganized. We can penetrate them if we follow the coach’s (Jamie Day) instructions. If we score a goal then we have the capability to hold them back for another clean-sheet.”
Matin Mia scored his first international goal in a month after getting married while Jamal also tied the knot earlier this month.
When this discussion came up, Jamal replied with a sarcastic laugh, “I will also score in the next game, if not then in the final.”