Hearing about the match of Bangladesh against the powerful Australia, many people can guess the result. The team, which regularly plays in the World Cup, is one of the powerhouses in world football and the Asian region; Bangladesh, which is ranked 183rd in FIFA ranking, has to play against them. Jamal Bhuiyara looks forward to the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers Group ‘I’ match against the Socceroos in Melbourne on November 16. Even though it is a match against a rival of unequal strength, the Bangladesh team wants to show a ‘fighting performance’ by maintaining their consistency.
Tariq-Bishwanath-Rakibara will leave for Melbourne at night after training on Friday. Before that, Bangladesh national team coach Javier Cabrera and captain Jamal Bhuiyan seemed confident in the press conference organized at Bashundhara Kings Arena on Thursday.
Kabarra could not hide his excitement, ‘This match is a match to take themselves to greater heights. A good game against Australia on Australian soil will be a very positive thing for Bangladeshi football.’
Coach Kabrera is talking about a good game. He conveyed the message to the students to implement it not only on the face but also on the field, ‘Australia is a very tough team. It is certain that they will play by dominating us. But we have to ensure that there is no shortage of fighting spirit in any way. Players have to do their own thing. They have to maintain their performance.’
Bangladesh is going to face Australia for the third time. The red-green team lost 5-0 in Perth and 4-0 in Dhaka in World Cup qualifiers in 2015. Captain Jamal Bhuiyan witnessed both those matches.
Jamal, however, is more optimistic about this team, ‘This time we are going to Australia with a completely different team. There are many differences between this team and the previous one. We are confident about the match against Australia, we will play well. Of course Australia is a very strong team. I am going to Australia to give the most difficult exam of the year.’
Bangladesh defeated Maldives in the preliminaries. Besides, Jamal-Morsalin are playing great this year. Be it Saaf or Asian Games. This time, Jamal wants to maintain the consistency of performance in the qualifying round, ‘Our own performance against a team like Australia is important. That should be retained. We have also played well recently. Beat Maldives, did well with Afghanistan too. Not to get too excited about going to Melbourne. To be able to play fighting matches; This is the demand.’