The Bangladesh U-23 football team flew off to Sri Lanka yesterday to take part in the Mahindra Rajapaksha International Football Tournament, scheduled for December 3 to 9 in Nawalapitiya.
Bangladesh have their sights on the title of the tournament which also involves hosts Sri Lanka, Maldives and Pakistan. The top two sides from the round-robin league will play in the final on December 9.
“India are a strong opponent in this region, but they are not playing in Sri Lanka which is why Bangladesh have a good chance of winning the tournament” said Bangladesh coach Saiful Bari Titu on the verge of departure yesterday.
Titu was however aware of the strength of the opponents. “It is an age-level tournament and all the teams are almost equal. So the players must play to their full potential.”
Bangladesh will play their first match against Pakistan on December 3, their second against Sri Lanka on December 5 and the last league match against Maldives on December 7.