Tournament favorite Palestine take on Tajikistan in the final match of the prestigious Bangabandhu International Gold Cup Football tournament today with both the team optimistic on winning the trophy.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to remain present in the final as the chief guest and distribute the prizes. The match will begin at 6.30 pm at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
State-owned Bangladesh Television (BTV) will telecast the match live while Bangladesh Betar will provide the live commentary.
Addressing at a pre-match press conference on Thursday at the conference room of Bangladesh Football Federation Bhaban, Tajikistan head coach Alisher Tukhtaev said they would take to the field tomorrow against Palestine to win the cup.
On the other hand, Palestine head coach Noureddine Ould Ali said it is not going to be an easy task for the players as they just played their semifinal match yesterday (Wednesday), but his boys are confident to play good brand of soccer against Tajikistan in the final.
In the group phase matches, Palestine beat Tajikistan 2-0 in their group opening match and defeated defending champions Nepal by 1-0 to emerge as group A champions.
On the other hand, Tajikistan beat Nepal by 2-0 goals but lost to
Palestine by 2-0 goals to finish group A runners-up.
This is the first time middle east country Palestine are taking part in the prestigious tournament with the tag of top ranking among the participating teams.
Palestine is placed at 100th place in FIFA ranking while Tajikistan ranked at 120.