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No Eid vacation for hockey and football players

Update : 08 Aug 2013, 09:08 AM

The footballers and the hockey players, who are undergoing training in the national camps of Saff Championship and the Asia Cup Hockey, will not be able to celebrate the holy Eid-ul-Fitr thoroughly as they were not granted any leave for the festival.

The national booters will enjoy a break on Eid day, but they will be back in full swing practice the next day. Pakistan will be arriving at the capital on August 12 and will face the national team in a practice match on August 16. However, Pakistan will play another practice match against BFF XI on August 13, just a day after their arrival. The Pakistani national side will stay at Hotel Purbani, adjacent to Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Meanwhile, national head coach Lodewijk de Kruif is scheduled to return to Dhaka on August 12 after spending a week long vacation. Kruif left for Holland from Thailand where Bangladesh national team spent eight days for a conditioning camp.

During the absence of Kruif, assistant coach Rene Koster conducted the camp. Koster said de Kruif is expected to return with a specialised goalkeeping coach who has worked in the Ajax Amsterdam Football Academy.

Captain Mamunul Islam said the players are fully concentrating on their jobs, but will miss their family during the Eid. "We are professional players and we know we have a big task ahead. For the sake of the bigger commitments we are focused on our job, but it will be a lie to say that we won't miss our near and dear ones during the Eid," said the midfielder.

The same thing will happen to the hockey players as Pakistani coach Naveed Alam will also be celebrating the Eid in Bangladesh. The hockey players are also set to play a couple of practice matches just after the Eid. Bangladesh Hockey Federation has approached Singapore and asked them to visit Dhaka for couple of practice matches.

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