Abahani coach stuck in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:49, Mar 24,2020


Mario Lemos

Abahani Limited’s Portugese coach Mario Lemos was stuck in Bangladesh despite the Bangladesh Football Federation deciding to postpone the Premier League indefinitely on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lemos couldn’t move out of Bangladesh despite their being no football action in the country because of the travel restrictions imposed to stop spread of the deadly virus.

‘Of course, they are worried about me, you know, because I am here. But now the situation is a little bit worse in Europe than in Bangladesh,’ Lemos told New Age on Tuesday.

Lemos’ wife and daughter live in South Korea while his parents reside in Portugal, and both of those countries are now fighting against this deadly virus.

Lemos said that he was in constant contact with them but was worried about their safety and his own in this global pandemic.

‘I spoke with her [wife] today, they [wife and daughter] are okay, I think, I am more worried about my wife and daughter because there are a lots of cases there compared to Bangladesh,’ Lemos said.

‘I contact my family members in Portugal every day. Till now and everybody is okay. Today they went to do tests because the virus. Let’s see, I hope they will remain okay,’ he added.

The Abahani coach further said that he visited his family in South Korea around four months ago while hasn’t been to Portugal for almost three years.

The BFF had earlier stopped the league on March 16 till the end of the month to comply with the government’s directives.

Currently around 60 foreign players from some 20 countries and several foreign coaches  are staying in Dhaka.

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