The BFF Thursday announced a 35-man Bangladesh preliminary squad for the 2018 Saff Championship, scheduled to be held in September, and an international friendly against Laos in late March.
There are 17 players in the list who were called up for the national training camp for the first time, among which most of them are young promising players who shone brightly this season. Among them, six are from Saif Sporting Club, including Matin Miah, three from Arambagh Krira Sangha, including Abu Sufian Sufil, Javed Ali from Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and Sushanta Tripura from Chittagong Abahani Limited.
The residential training camp, under the guidance of Australian head coach Andrew Ord, will begin at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan in Savar Tuesday.
There are no players from Abahani Limited in the list as the premier league champion have an AFC Cup match in the first week of March. Ord however, will not get all 35 players from the first day of the camp as nine booters from Independence Cup finalists Chittagong Abahani and Arambagh will join the camp on February 21.
South Asia's most prestigious football tournament, the Saff Championship is scheduled to be held from September 4 to 15 while the men in red and green will take part in an international friendly away to Laos on March 27.
Mahfuz Hasan, Mitul Hossain, Anisur Rahman and Ashraful Islam Rana; Defenders:
Mohammad Zahid, Monjurur Rahman, Saddam Hossain, Yeasin Khan, Uttam Kumar, Bishwanath Ghosh, Topu Barman, Rahmat Miah, Nurul Faisal and Sushanta Tripura; Midfielders:
Pasbon Molla, Mamunul Islam, Faisal Mahmud, Javed Khan, Ali Hossain, Fazley Rabbi, Jamal Bhuiyan, Hemanta Vincent Biswas, Jewel Rana, Mohammad Ibrahim, Mohammad Shadhin, Rahim Uddin, Zahid Hossain, Masuk Miah, Mohammad Abdullah; Forwards:
Toklis Ahmed, Biplu Ahmed, Matin Miah, Abu Sufian Sufil, Jafar Iqbal and Towhidul Alam Sabuj