The Bangladesh Football Federation wholeheartedly thanked the country’s top outfit Bashundhara Kings for lending their head coach Oscar Bruzon for the upcoming SAFF Championship for the sake of national interest.
“We are grateful to Bashundhara Kings and wholeheartedly thanked them for allowing their coach Oscar Bruzon to work with the national team,” BFF Vice-president Kazi Nabil Ahmed told reporters on Tuesday.
“There will be no problem with Oscar’s contract with Bashundhara Kings. We have talked with the club. So far, he has agreed to work for the SAFF. After that, we will talk with him about the other two competitions. We have no intention to extend his contract with us more than that,” he added.
Earlier, Nabil had a meeting with the BFF President Kazi Salahuddin and coach Bruzon at Salahuddin’s residence on the same day. The BFF General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag and other officials were also present there.
BFF President Salahuddin heavily criticized Jamie Day due to his autocratic nature on players’ selection and poor performances in the last three competitions -- Nepal Tri-Nation Cup, FIFA, AFC Joint Qualifiers and Kyrgyzstan Three Nations Cup.
The performance in these tournaments also saw Bangladesh dropping to 189th place in the latest FIFA Rankings.
When the federation approached Kings just two-week before the SAFF competition to help them out from the crisis, the club, full of patriotic attitude and spontaneously stepped forward and lent their head coach for the tournament.
The federation has already started to seek a new head coach for long period.
The BFF is expected to announce their squad for the SAFF Championship today at the BFF house.
The majority of the coaching staff is likely to be changed as per Bruzon’s instructions while two or three new players are likely to be added to the squad for the tournament.
“Goalkeeping coaching Les Cleevely will be replaced. Assistant coach, the physio will also be replaced. We are talking with the new coaching staff as per Bruzon’s instructions. There might be one or two changes in the squad as well,” Nabil said.
The upcoming SAFF Championship will be held on October 1-16 in Maldives while Bangladesh will also take part in a four-nation invitational tournament involving Maldives, Sri Lanka and Seychelles on November 8-17 in Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh U-23 team’s AFC Asian Cup qualifiers are slated on October 27-31 in Kuwait.