Abahani set for Dutch adventureStaff Correspondent
Dutch influence in Bangladesh football is gradually increasing as two Dutch coaches and several Dutch players are in line to serve Abahani Limited in the upcoming season.
Four Dutchmen are currently employed by the Bangladesh Football Federation for the national side – head coach Lodewijk de Kruif, assistant coach Rene Koster, goalkeeping coach Kees Cornelius Kalk and fitness trainer Mohammet Yamali.
The Sky Blue outfit is interested in recruiting a coach and some footballers from the Netherlands for the upcoming domestic season, said a top official of Abahani.
The Dhanmondi-based team will begin their pre-season training camp from the first week of September and they are hopeful that they will bring in a foreign coach before the foreign players’ trial in late September.
‘We already have the bio-data of three foreign coaches including two from the Netherlands but we are not satisfied with those bio-data,’ said Kazi Nabil Ahmed, director of Abahani Limited.
‘We have contacted two more European coaches and hopefully they will send their bio-data as soon as possible,’ he added.
Abahani failed to secure any silverware last season in the four tournaments that they played in. The club had to be content with third place in the sixth edition of the domestic football league.
After the conclusion of last season, top officials of Abahani were seriously thinking about roping in a top-level coach and some players for the upcoming season.
‘In the last week of September, four-five Dutch players will arrive for trials. Some new faces hailing from the African region will take part in the trial along with our old recruits,’ said Nabil.
‘We are hopeful that we will recruit a foreign coach who will replace the previous one, Iranian Ardeshir Pournemat before the foreign players’ trial,’ he said.
Nabil confirmed that they will not bring in any Asian coach for the next season as they are disappointed with the previous coach Pournemat, who failed to attain a single trophy.
Pournemat guided Abahani in the Federation Cup, the domestic football league,
the Independence Cup, the Super Cup and the qualification round of the AFC President’s Cup but failed to clinch any silverware.
‘It is certain that we not going after any Asian coach this time. We are looking forward to roping in a quality foreign coach from Europe before the trial of the foreign players,’ said Nabil.
Before finalising the foreign coach, the local players of Abahani will start their preparation under veteran coach Amalesh Sen.
comments powered by Disqus
Dutch influence in Bangladesh football is gradually increasing as two Dutch coaches and several Dutch players are in line to serve Abahani Limited in the upcoming season. Four Dutchmen are currently employed by the Bangladesh Football Federation for the national side – head coach... Full story
The visiting ICC venue inspection team was greeted with a sledgehammer in Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday, as a local administrator chose the day to pursue her business interests. Witnesses said Nasima Akter, the vice-chairperson of the Sadar Upzilla, took the sledgehammer to some of the... Full story
The 18-member Bangladesh national hockey team will leave Dhaka for Malaysia today for the ninth Asia Cup, which begins on August 24. The national side managed a massive 6-0 win over the Bangladesh Hockey Federation... Full story
Bangladesh athletes Ashik Kumar Halder and Irin Akter bowed out of the semi-finals of their respective 100-metre sprint events at the 2nd Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China on Tuesday. On the fifth day of the Games, Ashik clocked 11.54 seconds to finish last among the eight runners in his heat. Irin... Full story
More than a dozen female kabaddi players are set to miss the upcoming international women’s kabaddi tournament in Dhaka as their team, Bangladesh Ansar, is unlikely to participate in the competition. The Bangladesh Kabaddi Federation will host the tournament from August 25-29 with teams from Nepal, India’s West... Full story
A chance to make history, albeit of different sorts, will confront England and Australia when the final Test of this season’s Ashes starts at The Oval in south London today. At 3-0 up with one to play, England have already retained the Ashes and won the series—the first time since the... Full story
Blistering hundreds by Luke Wright and Gary Ballance embarrassed the touring Bangladesh A team’s bowlers as the England Lions posted 353/4 in the first unofficial ODI of their three-match series in Bristol on Tuesday. Wright blasted an unbeaten 143 off just 63 balls and Ballance hit 115 off 89 to leave a unit featuring four regular... Full story
Troubled New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder was handed a six-month ban Tuesday after testing positive for outlawed substances contained in a weight-loss supplement, the New Zealand Sports Tribunal said. The disciplinary body said Ryder, who has been in self-imposed exile from international cricket since... Full story
Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City revolution got off to the perfect start as 10-man Newcastle were crushed 4-0 at Eastlands on Monday. Pellegrini was hired by City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners to revitalise a team that surrendered the Premier League title to Manchester United last season and... Full story
Atletico Madrid began life without Radamel Falcao with a 3-1 win away to Sevilla on Sunday, but they face a far more daunting task against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup today. A double from Brazilian forward Diego Costa overshadowed David Villa's debut for Atleti after Spain's all-time... Full story
Arsene Wenger admits vulnerable Arsenal must show some fight to avoid more misery in today’s crucial Champions League play-off first leg against Fenerbahce in Istanbul. Wenger’s team suffered a dismal start to the Premier League campaign as Aston Villa romped to a surprise 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Full story
The first batch of nearly one million tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil went on sale on the internet on Tuesday. The chase for tickets began at 1000 GMT, even though World Cup qualification is far from over and the draw for the final phase does not take place until December 6. Full story
Newcastle snub Arsenal bid for Cabaye Newcastle manager Alan Pardew accused Arsenal of showing disrespect after turning down the Gunners' £12 million bid (14 million euros, $19 million) for France midfielder Yohan Cabaye on Monday, reports AFP. Cabaye has been targeted... Full story
Klose set to retire after World Cup Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who is set to break Gerd Muller’s goal-scoring record, has said he will retire from international football after next year’s World Cup. ‘I assume that is what will happen with regards to the national team,’ he told German... Full story
After a triumphant homecoming as Chelsea manager at the weekend, Jose Mourinho must steel his side for today’s visit of a buoyant Aston Villa in the Premier League. The Portuguese made his return to the home dug-out at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after six years away and... Full story
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will be watching for Carlo Ancelotti’s next Real Madrid starting XI with greater interest than usual after the Italian opened the La Liga campaign with Iker Casillas on the bench. The 32-year-old goalkeeper, long-standing captain for both club and country, saw Diego Lopez surprisingly... Full story
Manchester United’s approach for two leading Everton players is a waste of time, the Merseyside club’s manager Roberto Martinez said on Tuesday. The Spaniard’s comments came the day after the club’s director of communications Alan Myers branded the bids for... Full story
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone put pressure on Barcelona ahead of Wednesday night’s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup by saying winning the trophy is more important for the Catalans. Simeone, who has already led Atletico to success in the Europa League, European Super Cup and Copa del Rey in... Full story