Bangladesh lost to Oman in the Asian Games qualifying hockey final in Bangkok. But Bangladesh had a chance to win 11 consecutive international matches. But on May 15, Oman defeated Bangladesh 6-2 to celebrate the championship.
The Asia Cup of Hockey starts tomorrow in Indonesia. Before coming to play in this tournament, Bangladesh played two preparatory matches in Indonesia. Although Bangladesh beat Indonesia 2-1 in the first match.
However, they lost the next match to the mighty India by 5-1. India managed to score only one goal in the first half of that warm-up match. But Bangladesh scored 4 goals in the second half.
The coach is not satisfied with the performance of the players even though he fought with all his ability against a relatively tough opponent. Before the start of the game, the coach analyzes the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, and the players forget those plans when they get down on the turf.
Gobinathan said that on the phone from Indonesia, ‘The problem of this team is that some players cannot implement the plan that I tell about. They play like themselves on the field. They forget about my plans.
Before Asia’s most prestigious hockey tournament, the coach has worked on these well, ‘I have identified these problems in the players. I have seen the same problem in domestic hockey. One of the team makes a mistake. But the whole team has to suffer for that. Don’t forget that it’s a team game.’
Bangladesh will face strong South Korea on the first day tomorrow. The game will start at 1:00 PM at GBK Hockey Ground in Jakarta. Korea is 16th in the world ranking.
Where Bangladesh is 14 steps behind them in 30th place. Bangladesh has lost all the matches in the last four encounters with Korea. Korea defeated Bangladesh 9-0 in the 2013 Asia Cup. In both the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games, the margin of defeat was 7-0 goals.
However, Bangladesh struggled a bit in the Champions Trophy hockey held in Dhaka in December last year. Bangladesh lost 3-2 in that match at Maulana Bhashani Stadium. Gobinathan’s warning before the Champions Trophy hockey match against Korea, the current champion, ‘All the strong teams of the Asian Champions Trophy are playing in the Asia Cup. Korea is one of the strongest among them. You have to play very carefully with them.
Bangladesh played AHF Cup Hockey last March. Asian Games qualification hockey was then played from 6-15 May. Players are tired of playing consecutive tournaments. But still the coach promised to give good hockey in the Asia Cup, “We have been playing continuously for the last few months. It is very hard work.
However, there is nothing we can do here. This is how it should be played. Korea, Japan, Malaysia have come to play completely fresh. If we could have come that way, it would have been better. But I don’t think about these at all. We want to focus on the field game. Of course, I want to present good hockey here.
Bangladesh has won 10 consecutive matches in Asian Games qualifiers hockey and AHF Cup. But despite winning, the coach is unhappy with the performance of the players. Govinathan is worried about not getting goals from penalty corners, “Penalty corners are a big problem for us. We didn’t concede too many short corners in the Asian Games qualifiers. This is the problem of our forwards.
Since its inception in 1982, Bangladesh has never finished in the top four in the Asia Cup. Being sixth, seventh or eighth is the destiny of Bangladesh. This time too, the coach could not express any hope for Bangladesh, ‘Let’s see the first match of other teams first. We still don’t know the strengths and weaknesses of any country. After the first match, I will understand who is playing. Only then can we say how much we can be in the Asia Cup.