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National booters return home

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 18 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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A 23-member Bangladesh national football team returned Dhaka from the Maldives on Sunday after completing their 20-day campaign in the recently-concluded SAFF Championship.

The flight was delayed for more than one hour. However, all players and officials will take a break except nine, who are expected to report to the U-23s camp on Tuesday at Dhanmondi ground.

Nine players are Rahmat Mia, Riyadul Hasan, Yeasin Arafat, Bishwanath Gosh, Tariq Raihan Kazi, Tutul Hossain Badsha, Md Ridoy, Biplo Ahmed, and Mahbubur Rahman Sufil. 

Bangladesh were eliminated from the competition after a 1-1 draw against Nepal in the must-winning group match.

Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuyan blamed the unfair refereeing for their elimination and demanded the inclusion of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) from the next edition of the tournament. 

“We always show respect for referees, but that was a worse decision. We demand the inclusion of VAR from the next edition of SAFF,” Jamal told the reporters after arriving in Dhaka.

Team manager Satyajit Das Rupu informed that the federation complained to AFC about the quality of refereeing in the SAFF.

“We went very close to the final. I don’t want to say anything about the refereeing now. We have already sent a letter to the AFC regarding it,” Rupu said.

Meanwhile, India claimed the SAFF crown eight times beating Nepal by 3-0 goals in the final at National Stadium Male on Saturday night.

Captain Sunil Chhetri, Suresh Wangjam and Sahal Abdul Samad scored one each for the champions.