BPL, AFC Cup in sight as Kings resume camp

Sports Correspondent

24 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Defending BPL champions Bashundhara Kings resumed their residential camp on Monday with 18 footballers, including their new forward Eleta Kingsley, at the club premises.

Kings are favourites to retain the Bangladesh Premier League title as they finished the first leg on top with 34 points from 12 matches and have already earned an eight-point lead over second-placed Sheikh Jamal DC.

The second phase of BPL is expected to resume on April 8 or 9 while Kings will also compete in the AFC Cup in Maldives on May 14-20.

Kings have been put in the four-team group D along with Indian Super League team ATK Mohun Bagan and Dhivehi Premier League (Maldives) champions Maziya and the play-off winners (South).

Kings’ Technical Director and Head of Strategy and Planning Bayazid Alam Zubair Nipu said they are eyeing both the competitions and are optimistic to continue their form.

“The target is the second phase of BPL and then AFC Cup. The camp started with 18 players. Asif (assistant coach), Nayan (goalkeeping coach) are in-charge until Oscar (Bruzon) joins the camp,” Nipu said.

Kings Spanish coach Oscar Bruzon will arrive here today. Four foreigners -- Brazilian duo Jonathan Fernandes, Robson Azevedo da Silva Robinho, Argentine forward Raul Oscar Becerra, Iranian defender Khaled Shafiei -- and Finnish-born Bangladeshi defender Tariq Kazi are expected to arrive on Thursday.  

Kings’ seven national players -- goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico, defender Bishwanath Ghosh, midfielder Biplo Ahamed, forward Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, midfielder Masuk Mia Zoni, forward Matin Miah and defender Rimon Hossain -- who are currently in Nepal, will join the camp after finishing their international assignments at the end of this month.