Twenty seven, out of thirty one, booters reported today to head coach Jamie Day in the city’s local hotel for the residential training camp ahead of the tri-nation tournament in Nepal.
Three players – custodians Anisur Rahman Zico and Ashraful Islam Rana, and winger Mohammad Abdullah — could not report today. The three booters are expected to report for camp tomorrow.
Team’s skipper Jamal Bhuyan is currently staying in India and he will join with the team after March 18. There will be no physical practice session as the booters will have gym and swimming sessions in the hotel tomorrow.
The Bangladesh national football team is expected fly for Nepal on March 18. Earlier, on Tuesday last, the national teams committee announced a 24-memebr Bangladesh squad for the tournament.
Jamie also picked up seven more U-23 players who will also join in the national team’s residential training camp for the Nepal tour.
Bangladesh will take on hosts Nepal and Kyrgyzstan Under-23 team in the tri-nation which will take place from March 23-29 in Kathmandu.
Each team will play one match against each other and the top two sides will play the final on March 29. Squads:
Anisur Rahman (GK), Biswanath Ghosh, Rimon Hossain, Masuk Mia Zoni, Biplo Ahmed, Mahbubur Rahman and Matin Mia (Bashundhara Kings), Shahidul Alam, Tutul Hossain Badsha, Sohel Rana and Saad Uddin (Abahani Limited, Dhaka), Rahmat Mia, Riyadul Hasan and Yeasin Arafat ( Saif SC), Jamal Bhuyan, Emon, Mehedi Hasan and Mehedi Hasan (Muktijoddha SKC) Ashraful Islam Rana and Mohammad Abdullah (Sheikh Russel KC), Manik Hossain Mollahand Rakib Hossain (Chittagong Abahani Limited), Habibur Rahman Shohag (Mohammedan SC) and Sumon Reza (Uttar Baridhara Club). U-23 players: Mitul Marma (Uttar Baridhara Club), Mohammad Atikuzzaman (Mohammedan SC), Abu Shahed, Rahim Uddin,Imran Hasan Rimon and Faisal Ahmed Fahim (Saif SC) and Mohammad Jewel (Bangladesh Police Football Club).