Kings’ booters start practice

Sports Correspondent

29 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

11 footballers of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) champions Bashundhara Kings, who joined the national team camp for Nepal friendlies on Tuesday, started practice with the rest of the team members at the city’s Bir Shrestha Shaheed Sepoy Shipahi Mustofa Kamal Stadium from Wednesday. 

The booters are: Anisur Rahman, Topu Barman, Yeasin Khan, Bishwanath Ghosh, Sushanto Tripura, Atiqur Rahman Fahad, Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Rabiul Hasan, Biplo Ahamed, Mohammad Ibrahim and Tawhidul Alam Sabuz. Kings Finnish-born defender Tariq Raihan Kazi, who also joined the camp on Tuesday, is now quarantined.

Kings two other players Matin Miah and Masuk Mia Jony, who are recently recovered from injury, will not join the camp as the club refused to release them due to injury fear.

After the first day of practice, defender Topu Barman told the reporters, “We are returning after a long break ahead of two Nepal friendlies in November. After a long time, we did training together today (Wednesday). Everyone is trying to give their best during practice. We are taking the camp seriously and concentrating on training.”

Bangladesh team assistant coach Masud Perves Kaisar said, “Kings players have undergone the Cooper test on the first day of their practice. Kings players earlier did practices at their club, but they hadn’t played any competitive match. The match-fitness is a different issue. We are working on fitness this week. The other training will be started while the head coach joins the camp.”

Bashundhara Kings held a preparation camp for AFC Cup 2020 in September, but the Bangladeshi giants suspended the camp as Asian Football Confederation (AFC) cancelled the meet.

However, Bangladesh Football Federation decided to return to football with two FIFA tier-1 international friendlies between Bangladesh and Nepal, scheduled to be held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on November 13 and 17 respectively.