Bangladesh national football team will start their training for the SAFF Championship on July 1 and will have a non-stop conditioning camp for two-and-a-half months, it was decided on Monday.
After a meeting of the national team’s committee, Tabith Awal, a vice-president of the Bangladesh Football Federation, confirmed the camp will be held away from Dhaka, though did not name the place.
Dutch coaches Lodewijk de Kruif and Rene Koster, who are set to take over the charge in July for a two-year term, will supervise the camp.
‘The coaches will arrive before July and we will arrange a two-month conditioning camp for the national team starting in early July,’ said Tabith.
Tabith said they are trying to arrange some friendly matches as part of their preparation after Bangladesh’s scheduled friendlies against India and Pakistan in England were cancelled by the organisers.
Bangladesh are expected to play friendly matches against Thailand and Malaysia at home, the two teams they met away last year.
Two or three other teams from the Middle East like Bahrain, the UAE and Kuwait are also being to talked for possible friendlies, said the officials.
‘We will be playing at least two friendly matches at home, either during the camp or after it, for SAFF preparation,’ Tabith said.
-With New Age input