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Salahuddin keeps faith on booters

  • Published at 09:59 pm July 11th, 2020
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin speaks during the press conference at BFF House Saturday as vice presidents Kazi Nabil Ahmed and Tabith Awal and general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag look on

Salahuddin met with the players Saturday at BFF office in Dhaka and the former footballer assured the booters and also gave them some valuable advices for their forthcoming challenges

Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin is keeping faith on the current squad of the men’s national team as he believes it is consisted of the best available players in the land.

Salahuddin met with the players Saturday at BFF office in Dhaka and the former footballer assured the booters and also gave them some valuable advices for their forthcoming challenges.

All sorts of sports including football are postponed in Bangladesh due to the Covid-19 pandemic since late March this year, and although many countries are badly affected by the situation, they have already allowed resuming the game in the field.

However, Bangladesh is still undecided about the sports situation with regular rise in number of the corona patients, and the domestic league this season has already been abandoned. 

But the men in red and green have to prepare themselves as they are to play four World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023 joint qualifying games in October and November.

The national booters pose for photographs Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Those matches were postponed due to the pandemic but according to the new schedule, Bangladesh will face Afghanistan on October 8, Qatar on October 13, India on November 12 and Oman on  November 17. 

“You have the challenge of World Cup qualifiers ahead. The whole nation is expecting from you. Many are analyzing your performances. But I said this is the best side. Your results also prove it. So don’t bother what others say about you,” said the president  in the meeting where two vice presidents Kazi Nabil Ahmed and Tabith Awal were also present. 

Salahuddin also urged the players to keep their fitness level high as he believes that is the main prerequisite of playing good football.

“Football is 80% physical and 20% mental game. Don’t even bother when coach will come, the important thing is to keep your fitness. We cannot play in the field for you. I want to see you stay fit and win,” said the legend of Bangladesh football.

Nabil requested the players to be cautious about their health situation in the pandemic situation.

Mamunul Islam and Ashraful Islam Rana during the meeting Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

“We are going through a special situation. We have to think about your health condition. Be more cautious at least for next two weeks. Other than players and staffs, no one else will be permitted to enter in the arena where you will practice. We will take all sorts of precautions and security measures,” said Nabil.

Awal informed that the isolation camp may start from the first week of next month. 

They are considering some places outside Dhaka. 

They are also interested to arrange two friendly matches in the next two months.

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