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Dhaka Tribune

Final touches for football team

Update : 19 Aug 2013, 06:56 PM

National head coach Lodewijk de Kruif was busy fine tuning his squad in a gruelling practice session at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

De Kruif, however did not want to reveal the details of what the session to the media and thought it would be unhelpful to the team for the information to be made public. The coach, who had refused to face the press in the last two days, shared his thoughts yesterday. “We are doing a lot, we are working very hard. I don’t want to step into details. You saw the training session today, there are areas that need to be improved for sure. You see we had a two hour session today. We go for a quick lunch now and then two-hour video session again. We are working very hard, we are trying to give them all the necessary information,” he said.

De Kruif conducted a session on set pieces. “When we trained on set-pieces, things were satisfactory. There have been ups and downs in training, there were lapses in concentration today during the first part of the practice,” said de Kruif.

The head coach thought Kees Kalk, the goalkeeping coach has been a valuable contributor. “The goalkeeping coach is a very important part of the team as he is not only a coach but also a video-analyst. So he analyses the videos and identifies the mistakes and tries to get the players to rectify them.”

The coach has yet to submit a final squad but was not worried about the matter. “I wouldn’t talk about any individual players. I am not sure when to submit the final squad, but it’s good for me as long as I can keep the 24 players in my squad. Kesto suddenly got injured and things like that can happen, so it’s good that I have options at my disposal,” he said.

Meanwhile the national football team is all set to play a practice match against BPL runners-up Sheikh Jamal tomorrow. Sheikh Jamal who brought in Haitian forward Sony Norde and Wesdens started their practice yesterday. 

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