Contemporary off his spell at Abahani Dhaka, Chennaiyin FC’s new defensive midfielder Masih Saighani reckons Bangladesh might be no pushover for India within the upcoming FIFA Global Cup 2022 qualifier.

Igor Stimac’s males will take at the 187th ranked aspect in a Team E stumble upon on the Salt Lake Stadium on Tuesday; each groups might be eyeing their first win.

In Saighani’s year-long spell at Abahani, the crew had completed 2d within the Bangladesh Premier League and made it to the AFC Cup semifinals, qualifying forward of his new aspect Chennaiyin. His contract, alternatively, got here to an finish prior to the semifinals and he used to be snapped through the Indian Tremendous League membership in August.

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The Purple and Inexperienced squad is ruled through 8 Abahani and 7 Bashundhara Kings avid gamers, and Saighani stated they create in numerous high quality which displays in the way in which the crew performs.

“Bashundhara Kings’ Spanish trainer Oscar Bruzon has modified the way in which that crew performs. And Dhaka’s trainer Mario Lemos from Portugal additionally added his taste to the crew. Those avid gamers play a passing sport and press prime up the pitch,” stated the Afghanistan global.

Harm issues

Saighani, who skilled with Bashundhara Kings for over a month prior to signing for Abahani, shed gentle upon the wounds that have made Bangladesh trainer Jamie Day’s activity a troublesome one. “Their major centre-back Topu Burman, midfielder Atiqur Rahman Fahad and No. 7 central midfielder Mashuk Mia Johnny all have ACL accidents. It is such unhealthy good fortune,” he stated.

He picked out striker Nabib Newaj Jibon and midfielder Sohel Rana because the avid gamers to be careful for. “Jibon is an excellent participant with a large number of qualities; very rapid, technically excellent. He isn’t very sturdy and this, perhaps, is certainly one of his issues. Emon Mahmud Babu is the principle participant however he isn’t within the squad. I don’t know why. Then we’ve Sohel Rana, who may be very agile,” Saighani, who performed for I-League aspect Aizawl FC in 2017-18 season, stated.

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In spite of no longer having scored within the two defeats ro Afghanistan and Qatar within the qualifiers, Saighani believes Bangladesh has the tempo to harm India, which might be with out defender Sandesh Jhingan, at the damage. “I feel simply be very cautious with counter-attacks. They (Bangladesh) attempt to keep compact. They’re going to no longer attempt to outplay India, they’ll kick lengthy and opt for the second one balls. India must watch out about no longer making small errors and keep away from lapse in focus from the primary minute to final,” he stated.

Bangladesh’s Sohel Rana (2d from left) in motion in opposition to Qatar on the FIFA Global Cup 2022 qualifier fixture on Thursday.   –  REUTERS


Go back to India

Even if the midfielder signed for CFC in August, he ignored the pre-season journeys to Ahmedabad and Jamshedpur because of past due arrival of visa. He made his first look for the membership within the pleasant in opposition to Gokulam Kerala FC on Tuesday; enjoying for 80-odd mins.

“It used to be essential for me to evolve with the crew and perceive what the trainer (John Gregory) wanted. It used to be very tricky as a result of I misplaced 4 weeks of pre-season and my frame felt that. Nonetheless, I used to be satisfied to get thru 80 mins,” he stated.

He has his eyes set at the crew’s ISL opener in opposition to final 12 months’s finalist FC Goa on October 23. “We nonetheless have two weeks to get in a position for FC Goa. Even now if I’m drained in coaching from time to time, my private function is to be have compatibility for the sport at the 23rd,” stated Saighani.

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