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Lopez cuts off national trio

Update : 27 Sep 2015, 07:02 PM

National trio Hemanta Vincent Biswas, Nasir Uddin Chowdhury and Enamul Haque missed out on the 29-member Bangladesh squad which began its conditional training camp at BKSP yesterday.

Italian head coach Fabio Lopez excluded the star trio alongside eight others from the preliminary 40-man squad ahead of the upcoming 2018 Fifa World Cup second round away qualifier against Kyrgyzstan next month.

Sheikh Jamal DC defender Nasir and Muktijoddha SKC striker Enamul were overlooked due to injury concerns. Centre-back Nasir, who is usually first choice when available, would be cursing his luck as he also missed the earlier qualifiers against Asian champions Australia and Jordan.

Sheikh Russel midfielder Hemanta on the other hand did not make it as he breached the disciplinary code on September 18 when he took part in a local football match in Dinajpur without the consent of the Bangladesh Football Federation. Hemanta was later asked by Lopez not to join the camp.

It was not all bad news however, as the newly-appointed Lopez named young Team BJMC forward Nabib Newaj Jibon in the line-up after being impressed with the juvenile striker recently. Lopez also included veteran defenders Faysal Mahmood and Rezaul Karim following long lay-offs from injury. 

Lopez is preparing his charges for his first official challenge as the Bangladesh trainer ever since taking charge on September 10. The Bengal Tigers will take on Kyrgyzstan on October 13 away at Spartak Stadium. The men in red and green are scheduled to leave here for Bishkek on October 9.

Bangladesh lost their home qualifier against the Kyrgyz 3-1 on June 11 this year at Bangabandhu National Stadium.  

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