“We are being told to stay away from people only family members. Don't normally get to spend this amount of time with family so there are some benefits,” said Day
National football team head coach Jamie Day is stuck in his house at Bexley, London with his wife and four sons while captain Jamal Bhuiyan is spending the days like self-isolation at Mirpur DOHS, Dhaka with his teammates of Saif Sporting Club.
There is nothing much to do since Covid-19 pandemic has spread across the world and all national team and premier league fixtures are postponed until unofficially for indefinite period. Day playing football, cricket with his sons and Jamal inking drawings are some of the things they don’t often get times to do.
“We are being told to stay away from people only family members. Don't normally get to spend this amount of time with family so there are some benefits,” said Day, who has been staying more closely with wife Keely and four sons Louie (16-year-old), Harry (14), Tyler (9) and Jesse (7) since leaving on March 13 after World Cup qualifiers got postponed until June.
The schools in London are shut until further notice as a response to the coronavirus pandemic paving way for Day to teach his sons some football lessons alongside others sports like cricket.
“Schools are shut. My sons play football but all sports have stopped in UK. So we just play in the garden. Not only football but cricket, tennis, bowls as well.”
The Bangladesh Premier League is suspended until March 31 for now. Day admitted that the announcement of postponement of the league for further period like the English league would benefit the clubs and players as there is still no sign of the coronavirus situation to get better by the end of the month.
The other English coaches including national team assistant coach and BFF technical director Stuart Watkiss, goalkeeping coach Robert Andrew Mimms, BFF-Fortis academy coaches Robert Martin Ryles and Andrew Turner have also been in UK since March 15.
Jamal Bhuiyan is passing an idle time with paintings as he is self-isolated with his Saif Sporting team-mates at Mirpur
Jamal Bhuiyan, on the other hand, has his parents in Denmark and newly-wed wife in Germany but the national skipper is isolated alongside his Saif Sporting teammates in Mirpur without knowing how long the league would be postponed.
The Denmark-born midfielder wants to spend times with family members in the days of corona but there is little scope due to travel restrictions. The club has reduced the training sessions so there is nothing much to do most of the time except gym and trying the old habit of drawings.
“Don’t usually get times for drawings like before. Now there are some leisure times. I thought of play station or drawings, then decided to sit with paintbrushes.” said the midfielder.
“We took many safety measurements in the club. It can be said that we went into self-isolation. If the players get released they will have more risks of being affected by coronavirus so the camp has not been shut.”