Jamal eyes coaching in post-retirement

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:35, May 22,2020


Jamal Bhuiyan

Bangladesh national football team captain Jamal Bhuiyan hinted that he might turn his focus into coaching when he finally hung up his boots.   

‘After my retirement, I want to become a coach and give some advice [to the players] that I gained from my playing career’, said Jamal during a live Facebook show on Friday. 

Jamal, who has been playing for Bangladesh since 2013 and captaining the team since 2018, also feels tremendous pride in leading the team and is also expecting to continue playing as long as he can.

‘I did not ever think of to be the captain of Bangladesh national team even when I was playing in Copenhagen [FC Copenhagen],’ said the Danish-born Bangladeshi footballer.

‘Honestly speaking, I thought that one day I will be playing for Bangladesh…But now I feel proud to be captain of so many people.’

The 30-year old midfielder was also optimistic that one day Bangladesh would be able to play in the World Cup, but to achieve that goal they have to work tremendously hard.  

‘If Iceland, a country of four to five lakh people can play in the World Cup, why not Bangladesh, which has a population of 16 crore. I think, there are hopes out there,’ said Jamal, who was passing his lockdown days in Denmark.

‘It is a very tough and long way, a long road...but we have to have faith and believe in ourselves that one day we will play the World Cup.’

Jamal said that his winning goal against Qatar in the Asian Games 2018 was one of his most memorable moment as Bangladesh qualified for the last-16 of the competition for the first time.

The Bangladesh captain was saddened by the attitude of some Indian journalists before their last year’s World Cup qualifier, which ended in a 1-1 draw, at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

‘I was shocked when they [Indian journalists] said to me at the airport, oh, you will concede three to four goals in the first half. In the press conference when they asked me how we would take the defeat against India? I replied that I will break the Indians’ heart tomorrow,’ recalled Jamal.

When asked about his favourite footballers, the Bangladesh captain said the names of former Brazilian striker Ronaldo, midfielder Ronaldinho and former France captain Zinedine Zidane.

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