Big changes needed for Bangladesh to improve
DOT Desk: Many had expected a lot from Bangladesh in the recently ended Bangabandhu Gold Cup Football. But questions remain on the expectations as to how they emerged following Bangladesh’s poor outing in the South Asian (SA) Games last year, reports The Business Standard.
A big sum was set to be handed to the players if the team reached the final a temptation only. But you cannot get better performances overnight. Spectators have been left repenting the failures at the Bangabandhu Gold Cup – but this repentance is undue as our standard of playing remained so consistently. We are at the bottom of the barrel and the onus falls upon Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and its current President Kazi Salahuddin. This downfall is not sudden, we have gradually arrived here.
The tournament itself was a messy one as unknown teams such as Seychelles featured. This led to the general crowd being absent from the stands but these could have been avoided if teams such as Malaysia, Indonesia or Thailand were invited.BFF can defend themselves in this case as the teams have a fixed calendar unlike us.
Thus, it is tough to get better teams, however, waiting was always an option.
They did not because the BFF elections are due in April.
I was shocked by the audacity of the BFF secretary as he said that they would field the tournament only if four teams were fielded. But because of some intervention, they had to arrange it with six teams.
To look at the positives, the players have better stamina as they run more than ten kilometers per match. The players who played in the earlier days, like (Sheikh Mohammad) Aslam and Khurshid Babul, did not run as much.
But the current crop of players lacks in creativity, in doing something extraordinary. You cannot differentiate among the players based on who ran the most. Bangladesh had eight shots but could score none whereas Burundi scored three goals from six attempts. These are just the statistics, but this shows the Bangladeshi boys not being clinical.