Bangladesh U-23 national football team will play three warm-up matches at home and abroad before the Asian Games to be held in Incheon, Korea from September 19 to October 4.
“We want to make sure the Bangladesh U-23 team play three practice matches before the Asian Games, either at home or abroad. We have been in touch with India and Nepal about playing play two practice matches against them once the groupings of the football event of Asian Games is decided after August 19,” said Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF) vice president Tabith M Awal yesterday.
“Once those two matches are held, either at home or abroad, we will go for the third practice match somewhere on way to Korea,” said Tabith after a meeting with Dutch coaches Lodewijk de Kruif and Rene Koster at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan.
It is believed that Tabith visited the sports institution to hold talks with and Koster and De Kruif, who made allegations to the media that the environment at the BKSP is unhygienic and the internet facilities there are poor. The BFF vice president, though, said that he had not received any such official allegation from anyone, hence he was not prepared to make any comments on the issue.
De Kruif himself refused to make any comments on the issue, but said, “It was a private discussion which was held in friendly and family environment and we don't want to disclose the details as per our agreement. But we had a lot of discussion and we shared our feelings and ours sorrows.”
De Kruif denied making any comment on whether he wanted to leave the BKSP if things did not improve within a week.