Monday, January 19, 2015


Bangabandhu Gold Cup Fixtures

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday released the fixtures of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup international football tournament yesterday, three days after the disclosure of the groupings of the six-nation invitational tournament.

According to the fixtures, the five participating teams except for Bahrain, will travel to Sylhet to play three group matches in as many days while Bahrain, who will arrive late in Dhaka, will play both of their group matches in Dhaka.

It had been decided that hosts Bangladesh will play the tournament opener against Malaysia at the Sylhet District Stadium on January 29 and it was confirmed yesterday that they would play their second and final group match against Sri Lanka on February 2 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.

The Bangladesh team have been training for the last three weeks under interim coach Saiful Bari Titu, who will get the first opportunity to see the progress of his charges in their first practice match against Abahani at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan ground today, before the arrival of Dutch coach Lodewijk de Kruif by next Friday.

“De Kruif was supposed to arrive earlier but he could not do so due to the demise of his father on Jan 13.  Now it has been confirmed that De Kruif will come to Dhaka by next Friday to take charge of the national team,” said Tabith Awaal, member of the National Teams Committee, yesterday.

Tabith also informed that they plan to arrange two more practice matches for the national team against Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Police.

SOURCE - The Daily Star

COMMENT - Not sure which Singapore, Malaysia or Thai teams are going. 

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