Jamal Bhuiyan, the captain of the Bangladesh football team, expressed his optimism that the nation’s sports fans will come out and cheer for the football team, even as he predicted that Bangladesh would defeat Afghanistan in both cricket and football tomorrow.
Tomorrow at the Bashundhara Kings Arena, the Bangladeshi football team will play Afghanistan in the first of two FIFA Friendly matches. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. Bangladesh’s Asia Cup match versus the Afghanistan cricket team is a must-win game that will take place in Lahore; the match will start one hour and thirty minutes early.
The captain of the football squad, who just got back from Argentina where he played his debut game for the third-tier club Sol de Mayo, expressed his optimism that the lads in red and green will triumph on the football and cricket fields.
“My condolences to the cricket team. I hope they succeed. However, I also hope that sports fans will watch the football game,” Jamal responded to questions regarding this matter from reporters on Saturday during a press conference.
Remarkably, this is not the first time that Afghanistan and Bangladesh have faced off in these two sports at around the same time. In Chattogram in 2019, Bangladesh suffered a significant defeat in their first Test match against Afghanistan. The football players were defeated 1-0 away from home in a FIFA World Cup qualifier the next day.
Jamal believed, though, that this time around, things would work out well for Bangladesh on both fronts.
“If the football and cricket teams both win, it would be a wonderful day for Bangladesh as a nation. Wins are everything in the end, according to Jamal.