The window was open from July 15
All the top-flight clubs of Bangladesh finished their formalities of transfer ahead of another domestic season on the last day of the deadline yesterday at the BFF House.
Out of the 13 clubs, eight sides - Abahani Limited, Team BJMC, Chittagong Abahani Limited, Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited, Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society, Lt. Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited, Brothers Union and Arambagh Krira Sangha - completed their pre-season players’ registration formalities yesterday, while five other clubs - Nofel Sporting Club, Saif Sporting Club, Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra, Bashundhara Kings and Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra - had completed the formalities on the previous days.
The window was open from July 15.
Most successful club of Bangladesh’s professional league, seven-time champion including the winner of the last two leagues, Abahani showed their strong urge of continuing their winning run with a powerful performance in the transfer window.
The Dhanmondi-based club roped in Haitian international Kervens Belfort, who has played 37 games, including for his country and has the experience of playing in Sweden and India and some other countries, to strengthen their forward line.
The attack of the popular club is expected to be led by Nigerian Sunday Chizoba, one of the most prolific scorers of the domestic circuit and will be boosted with the likes of national team striker and South Korean midfielder Minhyeok Ko.
Afghanistan's Masih Saighani and Bangladesh national footballers Waly Faisal, Topu Barman, Tutul Hossain Badshah alongside national discard Yeasin Ahmed will take care of the defence of the pre-season favourite.
However, the club are yet to appoint a coach for the season as Team BJMC coach Zakaria Babu is doing an interim job before the authority finds a new foreign coach.
The Black and Whites, who have not won a single top-flight title since the introduction of the professional league, retained only Nigerian striker Kingsley Chigozie among their foreign recruits from the last season.
They strengthened their attacking midfield with the signing of former Sheikh Jamal and last season’s Abahani midfielder Landing Darboe and Japanese midfielder Uryu Nagata in the Asian quota.
The defence line has new Nigerian signing Cyrill Chetachi Oriaku and former national defenders Mohammad Linkon, Minto Sheikh and Atiqur Rahman Meshu.
The Motijheel outfit kept 11 players from the last season.
Along with Kingsley, Jahid Hasan Ameli was also remained in the attacking front where the other former national forwards are Mithun Chowdhury and Toklis Ahmed.
The midfield has mixture of youth like Yusuf Sifat, Kaiser Ali Rabby and experienced players like Habibur Rahman Shohag and Mesbaul Hoq Manik.
Chittagong Abahani brought in Gambian forward Momodou Bah who enjoyed a decent season at Sheikh Jamal last year.
Among other foreign recruits are Nigerian defender Mufta Lawal, forward Ugochukwu Awala and Kyrgyzstan defender Daniel Nil Armah.
Among the former national players are midfielder Monaem Khan Raju, winger Abdul Baten Majumdar, Kaushik Barua and Mansur Amin.
Rahmatganj and Team BJMC
Rahmatganj and Team BJMC also filled all four foreign players’ quota with the former having Dhaka league’s common faces like Monday Osagie and Siyo Zunapio from Churchil Brothers along with Damian Chigozie and Atsushi Yonezawa.
Team BJMC’s four foreign recruits include a couple of signings from Uzbekistan while Nigerian forward Samson Iliasu and Cameroonian defender Baybeck and two experienced players of Dhaka-based league were also roped in.
Arambagh, the surprise outfit of the last season seemed to keep their ambition high as their coach Maruful Haque was determined to retain most of their members of the last campaign.
The Motijhel-based club produced some young talents last year who did well for the national side.