Staff Correspondent: The two-month long player transfers for the new football season started on Saturday with Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club being the only team to register their players on the first day.
Bangladesh League champions Jamal, who lost 11 of their last season’s players, signed 20 players including six current national team players and three foreigners on Saturday.
Current national player Monaem Khan Raju joined Jamal leaving his previous club Sheikh Russell Krira Chakra while Farashganj Sporting Club stars Sohel Rana and Sheikh Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani also followed Raju.
Atiqur Rahman Meshu, Abdul Baten Majumder Kamol and Towhidul Alam Sabuj are the other national team players who remained at their previous club Jamal. Nigerian midfielders Femi Orunnimi and Thomas Yoko also stayed with Jamal while Brazilian attacking midfielder Everton Souza Santos joined them from Brothers Union.
Jamal’s newly-appointed coach Saiful Bari Titu is confident about the ability of his key players but he is doubtful about his reserve bench.
‘I have got a good set of players for a perfect starting XI but I am tensed with the reserve bench which is not that much strong and we have a long season ahead,’ Titu said.
The club had been fined Tk 20 lakh for playing a fixed match with Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society last season and they have to pay the amount before appearing in the field this year.
But the club’s manager Anwarul Karim Helal said the punishment was not legitimate as they were not proven guilty and so they will never accept it. Helal even threatened the BFF that they will not participate in the Bangladesh League if such situation arises.
‘The BFF cannot punish us unless we are proven guilty. We will never pay the fine. We will not participate in the Bangladesh League if the BFF creates an odd situation for us,’ Helal said.
Helal also said they had to release some national players this season as they spent most of the previous season on the side bench. Jamal registered sixteen national players last season and it created some selection problems in the team.
‘At first we concentrated more on the local players last season and formed the team with 16 local boys but later we had to bring a few foreigners at the request of the coach as the locals were not scoring enough goals,’ Helal said.
‘As a consequence some renowned local players had to spend time on the bench which later created some complications in the team and we decided to release them this time,’ he added.
The Jamal players: Aminul Haque, Pearuzzaman Piru, Ashim Kumar Das, Mintu Sheikh, Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, Yusuf Ali Khan, Saddam Hossain Anny, Arup Kumar Baidya, Atiqur Rahman Meshu, Asif Hossain Rimon, Abdul Baten Majumder Kamol, Khalid Saifullah, Anamul Haque Sharif, Monaem Khan Raju, Sohel Rana, Sohel Rana Jr, Towhidul Alam Sabuj, Steve Thomas Yoko Samnick, Femi Orunnimi and Everton Souza Santos.