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Day released, Bruzon appointed as interim coach

Bangladesh have played 29 matches under Day, winning nine times, drawing five and losing on 15 occasions

Update : 17 Sep 2021, 05:02 PM

Bangladesh Football Federation has decided to release men’s national team head coach Jamie Day and endow the responsibility on Spanish coach Oscar Bruzon for the next two months.

Kazi Nabil Ahmed, the chairman of the BFF’s national team’s committee, informed the matter to the media following a meeting at BFF House Friday. 

‘We went to play our last two tournaments in Nepal and Kyrgyzstan where our results were not satisfactory. We discussed several times on this issue with Jamie but we were not convinced with his explanations,” said Nabil. 

“We discussed the matter with the BFF president (Kazi Salahuddin) as well. We discussed during our national team’s committee meeting (Friday). We unanimously decided to release Jamie from his responsibilities for two months through ‘interim basis’. During this period, Bashundhara Kings’ coach Bruzon will take the responsibility,” he added. 

Although Day has been given a leave for two months, he will receive his wages and other facilities according to the contract during this period.

Day, who was given the responsibility of Bangladesh team back in June 2018, is contracted with BFF till August 2022.

“He is given a two-month leave now. We will decide about him later,” said Nabil.

The 44-year old Bruzon has been a successful coach in the domestic arena.

The Spaniard has been shepherding the cash-rich Bashundhara outfit since August 2018 and has already clinched two  league titles, two Independence Cup trophies and a Federation Cup.

He was also previously an assistant coach at Spanish club Real Mallorca and worked in the youth set-up of Celta Vigo.

Many of the national team players feature for the Kings as well. 

Nabil explained the matters behind the rationale of choosing the coach.

“Bruzon is the most successful coach in Bangladesh over the last couple of seasons. He did well in league as well as cups. We noticed his coaching. He has very good idea about his own players and the opposition players. By considering these facts, we choose him as coach," said Nabil.

"We are supposed to play in Saff Championship from October 1. We will play in the qualifying round of AFC U-23 Asian Cup in Kuwait before taking part in the four-nation tournament in Sri Lanka from November 8 to 17 in Sri Lanka where Maldives and Seychelles will also take part along with the hosts.” 

Nabil also informed that former footballer Satyajit Das Rupu will return as the manager of the side.

He was in the job several times before though another former footballer Iqbal Hossain was in the post recently. 

Bangladesh’s immediate mission is the Saff Championship in Maldives from next month and Nabil said the new coach will decide whether the current coaching staffs will stay with the team for that tournament. 

Bangladesh have played 29 matches under Day, winning nine times, drawing five and losing on 15 occasions.

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