Bangladesh Premier League champions Bashundhara Kings have retreated from their decision of not releasing their players early for the camp ahead of two FIFA international friendlies against Nepal on November 13 and 17 in Dhaka.
Though the Kings management had, in line with FIFA regulations, decided to release their players just four days before the first friendly, they changed their mind to allow 12 players to join the camp Tuesday after BFF national teams committee chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed talked to Kings president Imrul Hasan, according to BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag. However, Kings will not allow Matin Mia and Masuk Mia Jonny -- two players who have just recovered from long-term injuries.
The national team's head coach Jamie Day, assistant coach Stuart Watkiss, newly-appointed fitness and goalkeeping coaches Ivan Razlog and Les Cleevely are scheduled to arrive here on October 29. Australian Sports scientist Dr. Craig Duncan is also expected to work with the team.
Out of the 36 players, 16 players yesterday reported to assistant coach Masud Parvez Kaiser while four others -- Mamunul islam, Nabib Newaj Jibon, Tutul Hossain Badsha and Ariful Islam -- did not turn up as they could not obtain Covid-19 test results yet.
BFF executive Hasan Mahmud informed that Mamun and Jibon are supposed to test today while Badsha, who is accompanying his sick wife, will undergo the test two to three days later. He also added that Ariful could not join the camp as there was no opportunity for him to have the test done in his native district of Cumilla.
BFF general secretary Shohag informed that Nepal team will arrive here on November 5 but everything regarding their arrival and provision of covid-19 test in Bangladesh will be finalised after a meeting with the health ministry next week.