Mandalay: The Bangladesh U16 and senior national team trained on Sunday afternoon at one of Myanmar Football Federation’s regional football academies in Mandalay.
The training session began at 2:30pm Bangladesh time which mirrored the kick off time for Bangladesh’s first game against Philippines on the February 27.
All players have adjusted very well to the change in climate, environment and the high humidity.
The training session after a comprehensive activation and warm up segment consisted of a hard possession game. The practice consisted of the key messages that the players are familiar with and are encouraged to demonstrate, forward movement of possession and early pressing when possession is lost.
The goalkeepers had a specific but light session before coming with the rest of the players. They practiced their handling, dealing with crosses and distribution skills.
The senior players then had a physical conditioning exercise to overcome at the end of the session. This is in preparation for the SAFF championship in Nepal from the 12th March. The conditioning task was hard and challenging with players needing to reach certain times and specific distances. This is line with all their physical programmes.
Head coach Golam Rabbani Choton is exceedingly happy that the senior players are here training and supporting the U16 squad.
“It’s invaluable and refreshing for all,” said Choton. “The environment is positive and players are focused.”
After the training session, there was a brief meeting in the evening with all players to discuss and review the day’s activities and review players’ performances.
Earlier, on Saturday, the U16 squad and the senior women’s national team and all staff members arrived safely and in good spirits at the Shwe Pyi Thar Hotel in Mandalay, Myanmar.
On Sunday morning, all players worked in small groups in the hotel fitness suite as part of their specific personal development programmes. The senior players worked longer with different physical exercises.
The players also had a walking session in the morning before the gym session.
All players are healthy, positive and excited for the upcoming tournament.