Hosts take on Chinese Taipei in semi today

Staff Correspondent

Hosts Bangladesh will not underestimate Chinese Taipei when they take on them in the first semi-final of the 4th Under-18 Asia Cup Hockey at the Maulana Bhashani National Hockey Stadium today.
Two falling giants of the game, Pakistan and India will collide in a mouthwatering encounter in the second semi-final at the same venue.
The hosts go into the match as clear favourites against a side whom they thrashed 8-1 during a warm-up match before the start of the tournament.
‘Though we always think to go step by step, at present we are thinking of both the semi-final and final’, said Bangladesh coach Kawsar Ali.
‘Which team is going to be our opponents in the final is also in our mind but we are now focused on tomorrow’s [Thursday] semi-final against Chinese Taipei and don’t want to consider the fact whatever happened in past.’

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