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Sk Russel eye better defence

  • Published at 01:40 am November 20th, 2019
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Sheikh Russel players and officials line up for the team photo at BFF House Tuesday Dhaka Tribune

Sheikh Russel, who finished third in the league last season, submitted  the papers of 29 players out of a total of 35, which seem to be a little vulnerable than last season after losing two key defenders Yeasin Khan and Bishwanath Ghosh to Bashundhara Kings

Reigning Bangladesh Premier League champion Bashundhara Kings, traditional crowdpuller Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited, former treble winner Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra and newly promoted Police FC have completing their players’ official registration process amid festive mood Tuesday.

A day before the deadline day of the seven-week transfer window, the above mentioned clubs appeared at BFF House in Dhaka with their players and officials riding on horse carts and backed by band parties and rally of supporters, which was quite an unusual scene since the introduction of the professional league in 2007.

Sheikh Russel were the first to arrive in Motijheel, followed by the other clubs. 

Saif Sporting Club and Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club also completed their players’ registration without the showdown of the players and supporters. 

Here are excerpts of the squads of the respective clubs, ahead of the new season starting with the Federation Cup in the middle of December.

Russel’s key challenge in defence

Sheikh Russel, who finished third in the league last season, submitted  the papers of 29 players out of a total of 35, which seem to be a little vulnerable than last season after losing two key defenders Yeasin Khan and Bishwanath Ghosh to Bashundhara Kings.

Two other regular players Biplo Ahmed and Sohel Rana also left the club.

Saiful Bari Titu however, managed to retain the services of 11 experienced campaigners, including national goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana, Uzbek midfielder Alisher Azizov, tall Nigerian defender Alison Udoka and last season’s top scorer Raphael Odoyin. 

New Australian signing, former EPL midfielder Christopher Herd will be the one to watch out for the club next season.  

“Our main challenge would be to fill the vacancy left by the departure of our four regular players, especially in the defence. I will work on the back four in the pre-season. The target will be to produce good results than last season which would be harder than before. We have a good reserve-bench,” said Titu.