Kings to correspond with AFC over ‘AFC Cup’
The champions of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Bashundhara Kings will write a letter to Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to know their further decision regarding AFC Cup’2020.
Confirming it, Kings President Imrul Hasan said, “We are worried about the competition (AFC Cup). A Vietnamese newspaper recently said that AFC is taking preparation to resume the competition from September, but we are not officially informed yet.”
“Our booters have been off-field for a long time. Their fitness, mental health and performance level have been reduced; we need at least one month to recover the team. Also, the situation in Bangladesh has been gradually falling day by day. If it didn’t stop by July, we can’t hold any training camp. So, we have decided to write AFC informing them about the overall situation,” he said.
Kings suspended their camps last March as one of the key players Argentine Striker Hernan Barcos left Dhaka in March. Costa Rican forward Daniel Colindres is expected to fly on May 22 while the other foreigners — Argentine Defender Nicholas Delmonte, Tajik Defender Akhtam Nazarov, Kyrgyz Midfielder Baktyiar Duishobekov and Spanish coach Oscar Bruzon will be waiting for the official decision.
“Our contracts with foreign players will come to an end soon. We will also ask for directives from AFC regarding this issue. Barcos left Dhaka, Colindres will fly for May 22 and others will be waiting for their flight,” he further added.
Most of the participating foreign booters and coaching staffs of the BPL have been leaving Dhaka. Oscar is the only foreign coach of BPL who has decided to stick with the club until the official decision on BPL.
Among other foreign coaches, Dhaka Abahani’s Portuguese coach Mario Lemos left for South Korea on last Monday and Saif’s Croatian coach Drago Mamic left the country two weeks ago while the three others – Mohammedan’s English coach Sean Lane, Brothers Union’s Iranian-born German coach Reza Parkas and Bangladesh Police’s Cyprus-born Serbian coach Nicolas Vitorovic left Dhaka for their respective destinations in different times after the COVID-19 outbreak in the country on March.