A 27-member Bangladesh national football team started their preparation for the upcoming SAFF Championship under their interim head coach Oscar Bruzon at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on Thursday.
The two-hour-long opening day session included players’ recovery, warm-ups, ball control, the speed with the ball, passing, shooting and scoring.
“He (coach) talked with others except for Kings players. He shared his plans and ideas which are new to us. The team has a good combination. We just have to adopt the new style of the new coach,” Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan told the reporters after the end of the first day’s session.
“Today we worked on the speed with the ball and passing. We have to increase our ball controlling ability. Oscar (Bruzon) focused on that. We played a 4-3-3 formation under Jamie, though he applied 3-4-3 in the last three or four games. Oscar will go with a 4-3-3 formation,” he added.
However, the day’s main attraction was Nigeria-born Bangladeshi forward Eleta Kingsley who received a maiden call for the men in red and green.
Kingsley is the first naturalized footballer of Bangladesh national football team but he is yet to receive clearance from Asian Football Confederation in order to be eligible to play for Bangladesh national side.
“Of course it is a different feeling, putting on the national team jersey for the first time is really something strange to me. But I’m not emotional right now because when you put on the jersey, you deliver the reason why you put on it. I’m focusing on my job,” Kingsley said.
There were talks regarding changing national team skipper for the upcoming SAFF Championship but Bruzon rubbished the rumour.
“We are not gonna make changes. All of us are very happy. Jamal works very well so I don't know where this talking is coming from. Jamal is the captain that we meet, Jamal is the captain that we want,” Bruzon said.