Four footballers to leave for Brazil

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jun 25,2019


Brazil-bound four budding footballers (from L-R) Latifur Rahman Nahid, Jogen Larka, Nazmul Hossain Akond and Umor Faruq Mithu pose with jersey during a press conference at the BFF house on Monday. — BFF photo

Brazil-bound four budding footballers were introduced before the press at the Bangladesh Football Federation house on Monday ahead of their month-long training at a Brazilian football academy.

The four footballers are defender Nazmul Hossain Akond (Rangpur), midfielder Umor Faruq Mithu (Kurigram), forward Jogen Larka (Rajshahi) and midfielder Latifur Rahman Nahid (Rangpur).

The quartet will leave for Brazil on Thursday midnight and will be accompanied by local coach Abdur Razzak and team coordinator Khondokar Rakibul Islam.

The players have been picked from the inaugural Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Under-17 National Gold Cup Football Tournament in 2018.

The four footballers were supposed to receive a year’s training in Brazil as part of that initiative but a FIFA law put bar on them due to their under-age status.

According to the FIFA rule, a player aged Under-18 cannot train abroad for a year.

As a result, the BFF, ministry for youth and sports, ministry of foreign affairs of Bangladesh and the Embassy of Brazil in Bangladesh have taken a decision to send the four players for one-month training.

‘They will be very well received there. I wish them a very well trip,’ said the Brazilian ambassador Joao Tabajara de Oliveira Junior while speaking at the press conference.

‘I pray that those young talents go to Brazil, have a very good time, absorb what they can absorb and feel that how the Brazilian football is played.’

State minister for youth and sports Zahid Ahsan Russel, BFF president Kazi Salahuddin and a director of the ministry of foreign affairs MJH Jabed were also present.  

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