Newcomers eager to perform

Sports Correspondent

31 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Newcomers eager to perform

The Finnish-born Bangla- deshi midfielder Kazi Tariq Raihan said his dream of representing Bangladesh has come true and he is now ready to give his best for the national team.

“I’m feeling happy, it’s a dream coming true for me.  I wanted to play for Bangladesh national team. I’m happy now and ready to give everything for the team,” Tarik told in a video message recenlty.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who also plays for Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Champions Bashundhara Kings, got a call in the 36-member preliminary Bangladesh squad for FIFA-AFC joint qualifiers along with three other newcomers namely Uttar Baridhara forward Md Sumon Reza, Police FC midfielder Nazmul Islam Rasel and forward M S Bablu. The team comprising other 13 players from Kings’ booters will start their preparation camp from August 5.

Kazi also said that he is confident enough to secure a place in the final squad.    

“I want to be in the final squad, I feel very confident about it. I’ll give my best so that the management can see what I can do. I’m now training in Finland to get fit, so when the camp starts I will be 100% fit,” he added.

About his club Bashundhara Kings, Kazi said, “I didn’t get much opportunity in BPL but I saw it was very competitive with good foreign players and good local players. We, Bashundhara Kings, are in a very good position.  We have a very good team, high-quality training facilities and games. We have a great team so I am happy with my team. Head Coach Oscar Bruzon, other coaches, coaching staff, management are helping me a lot,” he further added.

Another newcomer Md Sumon Reza said that he will give his best for the national team.

“I got a call in the national team and was made part of the squad for FIFA-AFC joint qualifiers.  Thanks to Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and head coach Jamie Day for evaluating my performance. I’ll try to give my best there,” Reza said in another video message.