Bangladesh will face hosts Nepal in the 2nd Group D match of AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers at Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu today (Monday) with the hope to bounce back to the winning ways, reports UNB.
Earlier, the two teams faced each other on 17 occasions when Bangladesh won in 11 times, lost on five occasions and the remaining match ended in a draw.
Bangladesh drew 1-1 with Nepal in a friendly match in September last year and lost 0-1 to the team in SAFF Championship in New Delhi in 2011.
On the opening day of the ongoing meet, Bangladesh lost to Palestine 0-1 while Nepal beat Northern Mariana Islands by 6-0 goals Saturday.
The Bangladesh footballers had their practices at Nepal's Army training center Sunday.
After the day's practice session, Bangladesh Team's Dutch coach Lodwijk De Kruif asked his boys to concentrate hard in the last half hour of the match.
"Against Palestine we had the ball control until 60 minutes, then we got a bit disorganised, however, the boys played according to our plan. So, I hope we will play in the whole 90 minutes in the next match with proper organisation" said Bangladesh Coach.
De Kruif was ready to face a fierce challenge against the hosts. "We cannot judge them with Saturday's match, the match was not standard one, I think Nepal team rested some of their vital players, they are a good team but I hope we will win tomorrow's match", hoped de Kruif.
Bangladeshi mid-fielder Mamunul Islam expressed the agony after losing to Palestine. "After the match we could not sleep the whole night, today the coach told us how to play 90 minutes with full concentration, I know that Nepal has the home advantage but we believe that we will win the tomorrow's match."