English coach Day set foot in Bangladesh after a long eight months due to the Covid-19 pandemic that halted all sporting activities in the country in mid-March
Bangladesh football team head coach Jamie Day, his assistant Stuart Watkiss and goalkeeping coach Les Cleevely arrived in Dhaka Thursday while Finland-born Bangladeshi footballer Tariq Kazi joined the ongoing national camp on the same day as the preparation for the Nepal friendlies gathered pace.
English coach Day set foot in Bangladesh after a long eight months due to the Covid-19 pandemic that halted all sporting activities in the country in mid-March.
He was earlier scheduled to arrive in August for the previous national camp that only lasted a few days as their World Cup and Asian Cup joint qualifiers got postponed to next year.
With the Nepal friendlies slated for November 13 and 17 in Dhaka during the Fifa international window, Day and his coaching staff landed in the capital for the camp that got underway Saturday.
Three days after the camp began, 12 of the 14 Bashundhara Kings players joined their teammates with the exception of injured duo Matin Mia and Masuk Mia, while defender Kazi finally started training Thursday, two days after arriving from Finland.
The training under local coach Masud Parvez Kaiser has been focusing on the players’ fitness and Day said he is looking forward to getting back down to work after a long hiatus.
“Yes, it’s been a long time in the UK, looking forward to get back working now in Bangladesh. We have two good games against Nepal, looking forward to it. Good to see the boys back in training, and you know the work starts now for next year, really important time now for us as a national team. Can’t wait to get back to the field with the players, and you know put the good work back in place,” said Day.
Kazi, who has joined forces with the Kings, said he would eventually overcome the challenge of the weather after arriving from Finland where it was snowing with a temperature of -2.
The 20-year old added, “Obviously I came from Finland two days ago, it was minus two, minus three there, it was snowing and now I come here it’s plus 35, so obviously it is a big difference, we’ve been doing sessions, I’ll get used to the weather no problem.
“Sort of dreams coming true. Obviously the main point is playing for the Bangladesh national team. I’m feeling good after a nice session, I came to Bangladesh two days ago, [Thursday] in training I got in touch with my teammates, good to know my teammates. All the boys have warmed up to me so it’s been nice. Football is my passion so I’m ready to do whatever it takes.”