Will start leagues, national team camp soon: Salahuddin

Sports Correspondent

12 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

BFF president Kazi Salahuddin said that they were working hard to start the next season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and training camp for the national team soon.

“We got their (footballers) opinions today. We’re working hard to start leagues, training camp for the national team soon. BFF can’t decide it alone; we need permission from the government. Hopefully, we’ll make a decision regarding this issue within 10 days,” he said after a view exchanging meeting with some 27 footballers from 13 participating clubs of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at the BFF artificial turf on Saturday.

BFF vice-presidents Nabil Ahmed MP, Tabith Awal and General secretary Md Abu Nayeem Shohag were also present there.  BFF earlier called off the 12th season of BPL and Independence Cup’2020 on May 17 as the participating clubs demanded to cancel the season due to their financial crises. The federation decided to open the new transfer window for next season in September-October after the situation became normal.

Besides, the federation also planned to hold an isolation training camp for national booters ahead of their matches of Joint Qualifiers Round two for FIFA World Cup’2022 and AFC Asian Cup’2023.  The men in red and green -- which were put in double-leg basis Group E along with four other teams -- will play their rest of the four matches against Afghanistan, Qatar  India, Oman and on Oct 8, Oct 13, Nov 12 and Nov 17 respectively.

Tabith Awal, who is also the deputy chairman of National Teams Committee, disclosed their next plans for camp after the day’s meeting, “We’re trying hard to start an isolation training camp for the national team after the Eid al-Adha on August 2/3. There are two private resorts outside of Dhaka into our consideration as for the venue. Our players, coaching staff and medical team will stay there. We’ll continue the camp until our first match on Oct 8. Besides, we’ll try to manage two friendlies. The international flights haven’t started yet, so we’re not sure about our opponents for friendlies,” he said.