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12:00 AM, March 23, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:58 AM, March 23, 2018

Ord turns to youth to break Glass today

Bangladesh national football team will play their second and final warm-up match against Bangkok Glass FC in Thailand today, in what will be their final preparation game before the FIFA friendly against Laos on March 27.

The charges of Australian coach Andrew Ord on Wednesday suffered a 1-0 defeat to Thai Premier League side Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC in their first match since Bangladesh's shock 3-1 defeat to Bhutan in October 2016.

Ord tried 19 players against Ratchaburi Mitr Phol FC and he is now looking to give the younger players a chance in the starting eleven in a bid to get his combination right ahead of the friendly.

"A very youthful starting 11 will get a chance to press their claim for starting places tomorrow [Friday]," said Ord. "We all want to win games but Bangkok Glass have high quality foreign players and some of the best Thai players. It is a great chance for players like Jafar Iqbal and Biplu Ahmed to gain experience at a higher level. Unfortunately life as a Bangladesh footballer gives zero preparation for international football and we are starting from scratch."

Ord also urged patience, saying it takes time to get results on the international stage.

"Bangladesh have been losing by scores of 8-0, 6-1 and 5-0 twice in their last 7 international games. Bangladesh have not beaten a non-SAFF nation away from home for 8 years. In that time only once have they beaten a non-SAFF nation at home, namely Northern Mariana Islands.

"The only way out of that is hard work, determination and professionalism. All those things have been put into place under this regime. Now it needs to continue for months and years to get gradual, sustainable improvement," he concluded.

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