AHF Cup Hockey: Holders Bangladesh face Singapore on Monda… – United News of Bangladesh – UNB

Last three times champions Bangladesh will play Singapore in their 2nd Pool B match of the Men’s Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Cup’ 2022 at the GBK Field in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Monday. 
The match will kick-off at 3:45 pm (Bangladesh time).
Read: AHF Cup Hockey: Bangladesh to start campaign taking on Indonesia on Friday
The tournament is also a  qualifying competition for the next Men’s Asia Cup Hockey.
Ahead of the Monday’s match, the morale of Bangladesh team is very high after beating hosts Indonesia by 7-2 goals in one of the four opening day’s match last Friday.
Bangladesh, which was placed in five-team Pool B of the meet, will play Iran on March 15 and upper ranked Oman on March 17 in the remaining group matches.
The four-team Pool A comprises Thailand, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan following the last moment withdrawal of stronger China 
After playing each other once, the top two teams from each of the two pools will play in the semi-finals on March 19 before the final on March 20.
Bangladesh, champions of the last three meets in 2008, 2012 and 2016 of the Asia’s second-tier hockey, this time  are also well prepared under Malaysia Coach  Gobinathan Krishnamurthy to clinch their 4th consecutive title in a row, specially the withdrawal of higher ranked China.
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All  the nine participating teams keep their bird eyes on one of a top three-place in the ongoing AHF Cup to join the final round of the next Men’s Asia Cup Hockey along with the  five automatic qualifiers – India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh team made an hour-long practice session at GBK Stadium in Jakarta today (Sunday) morning and all the Bangladesh players are in sound health, according to a message received here from Indonesia on Sunday.
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