Bangladesh Football Federation’s failure in arranging the Saudi Arabia tour hit on mental aspects of the national team, who have been preparing for the upcoming FIFA, AFC joint qualifiers next month in Qatar.
The men in red and green were scheduled to complete a five or six-day training camp in Saudi Arabia. “Is it the footballers’ fault? It is not our fault. It is the organisers’ responsibility. We are not organising. So, don’t ask us about it. It is BFF’s duty. They are trying, but not getting what they want,” captain Jamal Bhuyan said while asking for his reaction to the tour cancellation.“Of Course it is a loss. Afghanistan and India have already started their preparations in Qatar and we are still in Bangladesh. We must play practice matches, then we will find out our problems. It would be good if we play practice matches against countries. It would be best to play against another country,” he said.
The team will practice in Dhaka until they are flying for Qatar on May 30. “We need some practice matches. Two years ago, we played against Bhutan and Qatar before playing against India. We played well in that match. Now, we have some new players in the team, we have some new tactics, we can practically work on them,” the Bangladesh captain added.
However, the booters worked on different formations of attack on the day’s training, but no details were known about this because head coach Jamie restricted instructed reporters to stop taking photos and videos and run a closed session.
While asking about it, midfielder Biplo Ahmed replied that they worked on attacks and key formations.
“We worked on attacks and key formations. Perhaps that is why the coach gave that instruction. The whole team are frustrated and disappointed now due to the tour cancellation. We are mentally disturbed,” the midfielder said.