Bangladesh lost 2-1 to host Nepal in the final at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu on Monday. They paid for a goal after the break.
Bangladesh, which won the last SAF Football Championship in 2003, had a chance to end a decade and a half of title drought. But the drought lasted longer than the lifeless performance of the final.
This is the first rate of Bangladesh in this competition of Nepal. Kyrgyzstan got off to a good start with a 1-0 victory over the U-23 team in a suicide goal and Der’s team drew 0-0 with the hosts in the second match.
Nepal has been holding Bangladesh hostage from the beginning. In the seventh minute, Jamal Bhuiyan, who came down from the midfield, quickly released the danger before Nepal’s connection Roy got the ball in the box.
Saad Uddin thwarted Nepal’s 12th minute attack which increased the pressure on Bangladesh’s defense. Saad cleared his teammate’s extended cross from the left side in the second attempt before reaching Tridev Gurung at the far post.
In the 17th minute, Anisur Rahman Zico saved the corner in exchange for a corner in the head gloves of Ananta Tamang. Nepal went ahead from that corner. Rakib Hossain turned the corner to the head but the ball went to the foot of the midfielder connection in the empty box. His powerful shot finds the net through the gap between Manik Mollah’s legs.
In the 29th minute, Anjan’s wide chip shot evaded Zico but flew over the crossbar.
In the 36th minute, Jamal’s free kick made Mehedi Hasan’s head shake the net. In the first half, Bangladesh could not make any further attack in the final match of the last SAF Football Championship in 2005.
Nepal doubled the lead in the 41st minute. Ranjit Dhimal got the pass and increased the ball with a perfect tap for the huge verdict. The midfielder hit the target effortlessly with the perfect shot of his right foot.
The Bangladesh coach made three changes at the beginning of the second half. Sumon Reza, Rimon Hossain and Mehedi Hasan Royal were picked up and Tutul Hossain Badshah, Yassin Arafat and Mahbubur Rahman were dropped. Rimon and Royal left the field with injuries.
Yasin’s long-range shot went wide of the post in the 7th minute. In the 72nd minute, Manik Hossain Mollah was picked up by Mashuk Mia Johnny. After that, jumping on Jamal’s corner and hitting the target with Sufil’s head, Bangladesh got an opportunity to turn around. This is the first time anyone in Bangladesh has scored a goal in the competition!
In the 8th minute, Jamal’s free kick went out of the post for a short header of Bashundhara Kings substitute forward Sufil. Captain Jamal lost his temper in the added time of the second half and got a yellow card for arguing with the referee.
This is the first time Bangladesh has lost to Nepal in the last four matches. The Jamals won the first of a two-match friendly series 2-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium last November. The next match was a goalless draw.
After being unbeaten for three matches in a row, the bitter taste of the rate, that is the final!