Finland-based Tariq set for Bangladesh call?

Finland-based Tariq set for Bangladesh call?

When Finland-based Kazi Tariq Raihan came to Dhaka to play for Bashundhara Kings last November, he expressed his desire to play for the Bangladesh national team. In less than a year, it looks like his dream is going to come true. He might get a call for the training camp ahead of the World Cup and Asia Cup qualifiers. Bangladesh Police winger Mathews Bablu can also be handed a call.

Both of them have been included in the list of 44 players sent to Asian Football Federation. This may be whittled down to 35, but coach Jamie Day has hinted at keeping them in the squad.

The training camp begins in the first week of August, with four matches to be played in the qualifiers. The players will be in isolation at the Sarah Resort in Gazipur first and then be placed at the BFF Bhaban. Before finalising his team, Jamie will test a number of his old guards while some newbies will be given a chance as well.

On the chances of Tariq, who played for the Finland U-19 team, Jamie said, “I do not want to give away names. Tariq may be called and we will see.”

The player told Prothom Alo, “I had a talk with the coach and things look positive. But I do not want to say much now,” said the 20-year-old, who is in Finland now.

Jamie was full of praise for Babul, “He was brilliant last season. I have been monitoring his progress.”

“The coach has given me a schedule. I am training as per his demand,” said Babul.

Jamie said he will prioritise the players’ health as they will be playing after a long time. “We will also stress on fitness and tactical aspects,” he added.

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