The last time Bangladesh reached the final was back in 2005 in Pakistan where they were beaten 2-0 by India
Bangladesh have a great chance to reach the final of the Saff Championship after 16 years, but to do that they must beat in-form Nepal in the match that has become a virtual semi-final.
Bangladesh will take on Nepal in their final group match at Male National Stadium Wednesday.
The match will kick off at 5pm Bangladesh time and T Sports will show it live.
Bangladesh got off to a good start in the tournament by beating Sri Lanka, and continued the spirit as they held strong Indian outfit to 1-1, despite playing with 10 men for a large part of the game.
However, they lost to hosts Maldives in their third game and now must win against Nepal to confirm the final berth.
Nepal on the other hand need just a draw to secure their first ever Saff final.The Himalayan country made a stunning start as they beat defending champions Maldives before beating lower ranked Sri Lanka in the next game.
But their tempo then somewhat stalled as they were beaten by India.
But with six points, they just need a draw, while Bangladesh need three points to leapfrog them.
The other match of the day is also another virtual semi-final as Maldives, who have bagged six points so far, will lock horns with India who have got five points so far.
Although Nepal are in an advantageous position, Bangladesh interim head coach Oscar Bruzon thinks the situation is rather favorable for his charges as they have no other option but win.
“For us it is simple – do or die. On the other hand Nepal have to think twice whether they attack or stay deep in defence, counter attack, waste time. They are the ones who have to think,” said the Spaniard during the press conference ahead of the game.Bruzon got the responsibility on interim basis as Bangladesh Football Federation decided to endow the team to the coach of Bashundhara Kings, the Bangladesh Premier League’s champions, just around a week ahead of Saff.
The Spanish coach seemed to instill some inspiration but at the same time Bangladesh lacked finishing touch and looked rough that resulted in many yellow cards.
But the coach was confident and preferred to keep his tactics hidden.
He believes his players are better than those of Nepal and will be able to reach the final.
Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuiyan also felt confident as he believes the whole side are charged up to create history.
“I do not want to talk much about the past. Our team is very strong. We have the best players of BPL. I hope, we can make history. Players also know it. We will see a fresh Bangladesh team,” said Jamal.
The last time Bangladesh reached the final was back in 2005 in Pakistan where they were beaten 2-0 by India.