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The Bangladeshi National Football team is going to be under some Brazilian influence soon.

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has in principle decided to appoint Brazilian coach Edson Silva Dido as the head coach ahead of next year's qualifying round of the AFC Challenge Cup.

Silva is currently coaching Faroe Islands side GÍ Gøta and he is expected to arrive Dhaka in the first week of February to take over the national team.

The former Santos and Flamengo player has some experience in coaching in Asia. He coached the Vietnam national team in 2000-2001 before being sacked three months before the end of his contract.

He also coached another Asian nation, Chinese Taipei, for one year in 2005. Silva is going to be the second Latin American coach for the Bangladesh national team after Argentine coach Diego Andres Cruciani, who coached Bangladesh from August 2005 to Sept 2006.

Silva played club-level football in Brazil and Israel from 1979 to 1996 before taking charge of the Israeli club Macabi Holon in 1996. He has also coached clubs in Malta, UAE, Brazil, Netherlands and Denmark.

Bangladesh's first foreign coach, appointed by the Bangladesh Football Federation, was Germany's Werner Bekel Hopt in 1978.

Other foreigners to coach the senior team are Gerherd Schmid of Germany, Nasser Hejaji (Iran), Oldrich Swab (Switzerland), Man Young Kang (Korea), Otto Pfister (Germany), Samir Shakir (Iraq), Mark Harrison (England), George Kottan (Austria), Diego Andres Cruciani (Argentina) and Naeemuddin (India).

Khademul Haque, Dhaka

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