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FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
Playing against Australia an experience
Sports Reporter
Published :Wednesday, 26 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 19
Mamunul Islam, the captain of the Bangladesh National Football Team said on Tuesday that playing against strong Australia would be an experience for the Red and Greens.
"The match against the Socceroos will be no doubt a tough match for us. Playing against a powerful opponent like Australia will be an experience for us," said Mamunul.
"We don't know for how long we will have to wait for such a match against Australia after the two home-and-away matches. So our ambition is to do well by any means. We are not afraid of the opponents."
He informed that they had watched the video of the match between Australia and Kyrgyzstan and analysed the playing style and strategies of the Socceroos.
Bangladesh captain was present at a press meet along with Bangladesh Football Federation vice-president Tabith Awal, head-coach Lodewijk Darius de Kruif, goalkeeping coach Christian Schweichler, team leader and team manager to brief the media before their journey to Malaysia and Australia.
The boys will play a friendly match against Malaysia National Team on August 29 in Malaysia before their FIFA World Cup-2018 Preliminary Joint Qualification round-2 meet against Australia National Football Team at Perth in Australia on September 3.
The friendly match, which is mostly a preparatory event, was arranged following an invitation by the Football Association of Malaysia. The team will fly to Malaysia on Thursday at 1:20 am.
The Federation announced a 23-member national football squad on Friday for the upcoming FIFA Friendly match against Malaysia National Football Team on August 29 in Malaysia.
Meanwhile the Bengal Tigers, who were placed in the Group-B of the Qualification round, had played two home matches among the eight home and away matches. They were defeated to Kyrgyzstan by 3-1 margin in the opener and drew 1-1 with Tajikistan in the second match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
On the other hand, Australia in their opening match defeated Kyrgyzstan by 2-1 margin at the Spartak Stadium in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.

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