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Bahrain face Cambodia in first match
Rubel not playing against Maldives today
Published :Thursday, 14 January, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 17
Bangabandhu Gold CupSports Reporter
Bangladesh Olympic Football Team's young winger Rubel Miah is not playing in their important group match against the Maldives boys today (Thursday) at 6:30 pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Bahrain Under-23 National Football Team will meet Cambodia National Football Team in the day's first match at 3:00 pm at the same venue.
Channel 9 and BTV will telecast live while Bangladesh Betar will broadcast live-commentary of the matches.
It was revealed in the pre-match briefing that Rubel, a key-payer of the team, is not going to play the match as he was suffering from a muscle-pull.
The Bengal youths began their first match of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup-2016 with a 1-1 draw against the Bahrain youths of Group-B on Sunday at the Shams-Ul-Huda Stadium in Jessore. In that match, winger Rubel was adjudged the man of the match.
Skipper of the youth team defender Rezaul Karim said that their main target was to win the match in the next day.
He said, "Maldives are good opponents. They got a strong attacking side. But, we are aspirant to play the semi-final and for that a win against the Maldives boys is very import for us."
Returning from Jessore, Rezauls watches the match between Maldives' and Cambodia on TV and tried to get some idea about the opponents.
Yet the senior team had a bitter experience of losing to the Maldives in the recently finished SAFF Championship-2015, Bengal junior are willing to beat the opponents and make way to the semi-final today.
In their first match on Monday, Maldives boys registered a 3-2 win over Cambodia in Jessore.

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