BFF appoints three English coaches for its Academy

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:20, Jun 14,2019


The news coaches of the Bangladesh Football Federation’s Academy are seen during their presentation at the BFF House on Thursday. — BFF photo

Bangladesh Football Federation on Thursday appointed three English coaches for the next one-year for its academy with an aim to train up the country’s young talents with advanced skills and tactics.

Andrew Peter Turner, who played in the English Premier League for 13 years, will work as the lead academy coach while Robert Marin Ryles as the national youth coach and Robert Andrew Mimms as the goalkeeping coach.

All the newly appointed coaches are UEFA-‘A’ licensed coaches and have vast experience to work with different professional clubs and at the national associations in their respective fields.

They will work with some 61 different age-level players in the academy before the SAFF Under-15 and Under-18

Championships and AFC Under-16 and Under-19 Championships Qualifiers this year.

The coaches were introduced before the media after signing the deal at the BFF house on Thursday with BFF technical and strategic director Paul Smalley briefing the media about their responsibilities.

‘The gentlemen here have top qualification in both senior performance football as well as development football,’ said Smalley.

‘Bobby [Mimms] will be responsible for goalkeepers of all national teams while Andrew Turner and Robert Ryles will look after Under-14 to Under-16 groups. Robert’s expertise is also medical side and he has also physical conditioning expertise,’ explained Smalley.

Smalley also hailed the Forties Group and K-Sports to build up the BFF Academy which started its journey at the Forties in Beraid, Badda in April last.

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