The initiative was earlier taken by Brazilian ambassador to Bangladesh, Joao Tabajara de Oliveira Junior. It was earlier planned that the players would be given a year-long training opportunity
Four young Bangladesh footballers – defender Nazmul Akand, forward Jogen Lakra and midfielders Omar Faruk Mithu and Latifur Rahman Nahid – will be leaving here for Brazil on Wednesday night to join a short-term training programme.
The four players, who were scouted from BFF Development Cup and Bangabandhu Gold Cup U-17 Football Tournament last year, will be staying at the Gama Football Academy for a month long training programme. Coach Abdur Razzaq and selection committee member Khandakar Raqibul Islam will be accompanying the players in Brazil.
The initiative was earlier taken by Brazilian ambassador to Bangladesh, Joao Tabajara de Oliveira Junior. It was earlier planned that the players would be given a year-long training opportunity.
“Fifa doesn’t allow the players aged below 18 to go to other countries for long-term training programme. So it has to be cut down to one month to keep the early promises. It’s like opening day for the future. We will send more players from next year.” said former national star footballer Sheikh Mohammad Aslam, who is the coordinator of the programme.
Midfielder Mithu said, “We have been waiting for long time to go to Neymar’s country, Brazil. We will train in an academy there to adopt modern football strategy. Whatever we will learn from the one-month camp we will try to utilize it in our career.”