We may not have practice matches: Jamie

Sports Correspondent

28 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh National Football Team Head Coach Jamie Day said that he believes that his players can get totally fit within six weeks in their preparation camp, scheduled to start from August 5 at Sarah Resort in Gazipur. He also voiced his plan to play practice matches among themselves if BFF fails to arrange practice matches with foreign teams.

“Our opponents will come with the same level of fitness as us. I don’t think our preparation will be less than them. Qatar have started training while India will start in September. But we will start in August, that means we have more time to get ready than India. We’ll work on their (players) fitness and try to improve within six weeks during the camp. We will have enough time to get them fit. If we train them as best we can, they will turn out to be in fairly good shape. They had their programmes and diet plans during the breaks, they showed their fitness videos and I found them fit. We’ll just try to improve their fitness level in the camp,” Jamie said when asked about his aim behind the camp in a virtual presser, organised by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), on Monday. 

As a part of the preparation, BFF is trying to arrange some practice matches. Jamie said they would play practice matches among themselves if BFF fails to arrange practice matches.

“We may not be able to arrange any matches, but we don’t know what will happen in the next six weeks. If it is not possible, then we will play practice matches among us,” he said.

Jamie is also hoping that the new faces in the preliminary squad could secure their places in the final squad.

“So it is a big opportunity for these new players. They played very well in the league games I saw. They did well in the league, so they are given the opportunity,” the 40-year-old english concluded.