The Bangladesh Football Federation is likely to appoint a British coach for the national team within next Friday, said an official on Monday.
The post remained vacant since the departure of Anglo-Australian head coach Andrew Ord, who resigned in the first week of April with still two months from his one-year contract left.
The new British coach that BFF have contacted is a UEFA A licensed coach but has no experience to handle a national team in his career and the official declined to disclose his name as nothing had been finalised yet.
‘We can’t disclose the name of the new coach because a couple of issues have not been settled yet. We hope to strike a deal by next Friday and disclose his name on Saturday,’ said BFF vice-president Kazi Nabil Ahmed.
‘He is likely to take the charges of the national team and Under-23 side from June 1.’
Nabil had met the new coach during his two-week long stay in England and the BFF vice-president was apparently convinced with coach’s academic background.
‘He is a British coach having UEFA A license and has good academic background. We hope he will start from where Andrew Ord left,’ said Nabil.
‘He will also work with the U-23 national team.’
Nabil added that BFF are going to start a fitness training camp for the national football team staring from either June 19 or June 20 at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan under the guidance of existing coaching staff.
As per previous plan regarding the national team’s preparation for the SAFF Championship, the footballers were supposed to stay in the training camp but the departure of Ord paused the training for nearly one-and-half month.
‘There is still five months left for the SAFF Championship and the players need only one month to regain their fitness. So, we are not late to start the fitness training camp,’ added Nabil.
‘Besides, we also halted the training camp purposefully because the players had been involved in domestic competitions for a long time.’
Some 35 players are expected to start the fitness training under Portuguese fitness trainer Mario Lemos, who is also on the verge to renew his contract with the BFF after his one-year deal came to an end on May 7.
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