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Nat’l players sceptical about BFF’s sudden move

  • DM Simanto
  • 18th September, 2021 10:02:45 PM
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The Bangladesh Football Federation’s sudden decision of making Oscar Bruzon their head coach just a few weeks before their SAFF Championship campaign has made several national players doubtful about the move.
 
Bruzon is the most successful coach in Bangladesh’s domestic football in the recent past as he won two Premier League, two Federation Cup and one Independence Cup titles since his taking charge of Bashundhara Kings in August 2018.
 
The BFF on Friday decided to appoint Bruzon as the head coach of their national team on an interim basis to replace Jamie Day, who has been exempted temporarily from his post for the next two months.
 
However, Bruzon’s appointment as the national team head coach came in such a short time that the national players feared it might not be as helpful for them as the federation thought.
 
 “Kings players know Oscar’s (Bruzon) coaching style and tactics but we, who are not used to it, may face trouble adopting that within a short time. There are huge differences between Jamie (Day) and Oscar’s styles and philosophy. I think it will be really tough for us,” national defender Rahmat Mia, who plays for Saif SC, told The Daily Sun on Saturday.
 
The 44-year-old Spaniard will take charge of the national team on Tuesday just nine-day before Bangladesh’s first match against Sri Lanka in SAFF Championship on October 1 in Maldives.
 
He will also manage the national side in a four-nation invitational tournament involving Bangladesh, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Seychelles on November 8-17 in Sri Lanka and U-23s in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers on October 27-31 in Kuwait.
 
Bruzon on Saturday had a meeting with the BFF President Kazi Salahuddin and General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag at Salahuddin’s place and he is expected to have a meeting with Kings President Imrul Hassan today to discuss the move.
 
 Bangladesh struggled a lot under Jamie, who was at the helm since 2018, as they finished with disappointing results in their last three events -- Nepal Tri-Nation Cup, FIFA, AFC Joint Qualifiers and Kyrgyzstan Three Nations Cup which saw them dropping to 189th place in the latest FIFA Rankings.
 
National forward Sumon Reza, who plays for Uttar Baridhara SC, said that the BFF should have made the move a few more weeks back which he believed would help the team in the upcoming tournaments.
 
“Jamie’s replacement just before SAFF is really shocking to me. I think they (BFF) could have taken the decision after SAFF. Meanwhile, Oscar could have joined some weeks earlier so that we could have enough time to understand his techniques,” he said.
 
“But the good thing is he knows the limits of the locals. He also has been coaching a large number of national players of Kings for a long time. I believe he will not suddenly enforce new styles and tactics on us which may put us in trouble,” he added.
 
National defender Bishwanath Ghosh, who plays for Kings under Bruzon’s coaching, claimed that the role of the Spaniard in the national team will also be challenging for both he and the players as he preferred traditional Spanish style ‘Tiki-taka’ in club football.
 
“Oscar and Jamie apply different tactics. Oscar mainly plays Tiki-taka. Foreign players also play vital roles in his strategy. We played only one international competition under his coaching. The national team is different. Meanwhile, Jamie focuses mostly on defensive football against the opponents we played,” he said.