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Kings to release players early

  • Published at 08:11 pm November 24th, 2019
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Bashundhara Kings players during training Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The Kings had earlier decided not to release the players until November 30 which forced Jamie Day to cancel the training camp but after Bangladesh got hosts Nepal on the opening day of the games during the draw

The national Olympic (U-23) football team is likely to leave for Nepal to participate in the South Asian Games 2019 on Wednesday after the top-flight champions Bashundhara Kings decided to release their eight players in the morning of the same day.

The Kings had earlier decided not to release the players until November 30 which forced Jamie Day to cancel the training camp but after Bangladesh got hosts Nepal on the opening day of the games during the draw, the club changed their decision to let go of the players early and informed that to Bangladesh Football Federation.

“The draw didn’t take place when we decided to keep the players until November 30 but after Bangladesh are scheduled to play their opening game on the first day, we decided to release the players four days earlier. We told to BFF today (Sunday) morning that we have a practice match against a premier league club on November 26 after which we would release the players.” said Bashundhara Kings president Imrul Hasan.

BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag informed that they are trying to send the team to Nepal on Wednesday. “We are trying to confirm the tickets on Wednesday,” said Shohag on Sunday hinting that head coach Jamie Day, who left for England to do some Uefa Pro License work, is likely to join the team later in Kathmandu.

Bangladesh will face Nepal in the first match of Group on December 1, the same day the 13th edition of SA Games will be inaugurated, before playing their last group match game against Bhutan on December 3.