Bangladesh coach Lodewijk de Kruif: Injuries have hampered our planning

The 158th ranked nation have a few injury concerns ahead of their opening tie against the hosts on Saturday…
Bangladesh have announced their 20-member squad for the SAFF Championship with goalkeeper Shahidul Alam Sohel not making the cut due to an injury.

Ziaur Rahman Zia has been the replacement for the custodian while skipper Mamunul Islam has been included in the squad despite not being in the optimum fitness due to an injury.

“It was unfortunate but I have to cope with the circumstances, injury problems have hampered by planning more often, but I have to look forward with what I have,” coach Lodewijk de Kruif said. Despite the absence of Shahidul Sohel, the Dutch coach was pleased with the progress made by his goalkeepers.

"Kees Kalk had been doing a great job and the keepers have responded well, I am slowly integrating all the departments ahead of the first match," he said.

Goalkeepers: Mamun Khan, Biplob Bhattacharjee, Ziaur Rahman Zia.

Defenders: Waly Faisal, Ariful Islam, Nasiruddin Chowdhury, Md. Linkon, Atikur Rahman Mishu,Raihan Hasan.

Midfielders: Mamunul Islam, Mobarak Hossain Bhuiyan, Jamal Bhuiyan, Omar Faruk Babu, Sohel Rana Zahid Hossain.

Forwards: Toklis Ahmed, Zahid Hasan Emily, Shakhwat Hossain Rony, Mithun Chowdhury, Wahed Ahmed.

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