Jamal flies to Kolkata to join Mohammedan

Sports Correspondent

25 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Jamal flies to Kolkata to join Mohammedan

Bangladesh National Football Team Captain Jamal Bhuiyan left Dhaka for Kolkata on Thursday to join I-league Club Kolkata Mohammedan Sporting Club. 

Ahead of the flight, Jamal told the reporters, “I’m leaving today (Thursday) for India. I will join Kolkata Mohammedan SC.”

I-League, which is one of the top tier leagues in Indian football, is scheduled to begin on January 9. Mohammedan SC are set to take on Sudeva Delhi FC in the opening match at Salt Lake Stadium.

The 30-year-old Bangladeshi skipper, who played for Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) club Saif Sporting Club Ltd, signed a contract with Kolkata Mohammedan under an exceptional condition that he will return to the Bangladeshi club in the mid-season transfer window of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2020-21, which is expected to be held from April 15 to April 30.  

The players' transfer window of the I-league was closed on October 24, but Kolkata Mohammedan signed Jamal as per an exceptional clause of FIFA. According to the clause, the club can sign those players after the end of transfer window who were free players during the period of the transfer window.

Jamal was expected to join the Kolkata based outfit on December 10. But he was tested positive for COVID-19 during the Qatar tour. Bangladesh went to Qatar to play their lone away match of joint qualifiers round two for FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023.

The team returned Dhaka on December 5 with a 0-5-goal defeat but the Danish-born Bangladesh captain stayed there as he felt a bit feverish. Later, he reported corona positive and was quarantined at a hotel in Qatar capital Doha under the supervision of Qatar Football Association until testing negative on Dec 19. Jamal returned to Dhaka on December 22.