I-League experience to pay dividends: Jamal

Staff Correspondent

15 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

I-League experience to pay dividends: Jamal

Bangladesh national football team skipper Jamal Bhuiyan said that he is eyeing to utilise the I-League experience with Kolkata Mohammedan Sporting Club in the national team during the upcoming Nepal Tri-Nation Tournament.

“Overall, it has been a good experience. When I came, it was very hard for me because I was contracted with coronavirus, the team was new and we didn’t practice much together. But after some time, I felt it is a very good group, I'm proud to be here,” Jamal told the reporters during a pre-match press conference of Kolkata Mohammedan.

“I want to give my best for the national team. As a player, if you play for the national team, you have to be proud. You have to enjoy the moment, have to give your best. Because once your career is finished, you will miss those moments. So, always try to give your best,” the Bangladeshi captain replied while asked about his expectations for the national team in the upcoming Nepal tour.

Jamal, who also played for the Bangladesh Premier League club Saif Sporting Club Limited, went to Kolkata Mohammedan last December to play one of two premier soccer meets of India I-League.

According to the contract, Jamal was expected to return to Saif SC before the second phase of BPL in April. But the 30-year-old is leaving the Indian side with two matches in hand as Bangladesh national team got a new mission in Nepal.

While asked about his experience with Kolkata Mohammedan, the defensive midfielder said that he didn't see so much difference between these two nations and their players. “I don’t see so much difference between Bangladesh and India. I think local players here and local players in Bangladesh are almost the same. I think there is more attention here in football than in Bangladesh,” he said.

Jamal played a total of 11 matches for Kolkata Mohammedan in the ongoing season. He also felt that good Bangladeshi players should get more chances to play in Indian football leagues.

“If Bangladeshi players are good enough, then they should get more chances to play here. It doesn’t matter which nationality you have if you are a good player. I can’t say what the future holds. If I get the opportunity to play in India again, then why not?” he added.

Jamal will play his last match for Kolkata Mohammedan against Churchill Brothers SC today at Kalyani Municipal Stadium. Before his departure, the Danish-born Bangladeshi thanked his teammates, coaching staff and club management.