Newly appointed head coach, England-born Australia tactician Andrew Ord wants to leave Bangladesh’s recent past behind and look forward to finding the best 23 players for the national team as he signed an official one-year contract with the BFF on Wednesday.
After being revealed by the national team management committee in the middle of last month, Ord arrived in Dhaka on Sunday night. His first assignment will be with the Bangladesh U-23 team, who are scheduled to take part in the AFC U-23 Championship 2018 Qualifiers in Palestine next month.
One of the reasons why Ord was chosen for the Bangladesh job was due to his experience working in various places in Asia. He worked in Thailand and Myanmar while he was also a scout for Australia.
“The one-year contract with Andrew Ord was signed [Wednesday]. He will take charge of the Olympic team (U-23) and also the U-19 side,” said national team management committee chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed.
He added, “We were looking for a western coach who has experience working in Asia. As he also worked as scout for Australia, he knows the standard of Asian teams and how they play.”
Ord will be involved with U-23 and U-19 teams in the next six months, before the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, slated for December this year, and the Saff Championship, scheduled for next year, take place.
Ord said his target in Palestine will be to find “some good players” who can be the future of Bangladesh football.
“Bangladesh is a big country. There has to be 23 good players here. I don’t believe they should be 193 (192) in the world. We are going to find them, we have to work hard to find them. I saw the game (Federation Cup final) last night. There were some good players. We need to find the best players out there. We want to improve. We want to help the country climb out of this position,” said Ord.
He continued, “The job is the same. You got to coach the team, assist the players. The way to play in Bangladesh is not like the way in England or USA or Brazil. You got to create your own identity, own style. We have to play the style the players enjoy playing.
“We need 23 good players. I’m confident we will find them and we will improve. We have to improve. We have to be ready for the Saff Championship and Bangabandhu Cup. Six months we will be ready, there’s no doubt.”
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin was also present at the contract signing ceremony. He said, “We can only provide coaches, facilities, etc. But if the players don’t perform, everything will be in vein. Sincerity of the players is very much required at this moment. The players should take the job very seriously and professionally. The players are everything.
“Working hard in training is the only way. There is no other secret. I am not a wizard. I don’t have magic wand. I can’t make things happen out of nothing. We need to find the good players, we need to work with them, give them some confidence and belief. Get them enjoying the game again. We need to take the national team to a higher level. Everybody has to raise their level.”