The Bangladesh national U-23 team, currently preparing for September's Asian Games, will take on BFF XI, a team made up of young and promising players from the professional football league, at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishthan ground today. The match will start at 4:30pm.
According to sources at the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), the coach of the national team Lodewijk de Kruif wanted his U-23 team, which started its camp on Monday with 26 members, to play a number of matches against local players to test his team's personnel and formation and also their fitness levels.
“We had told these boys, 18 professional players mostly from the U-19 and U23 set-ups, to stay prepared to play against the national U-23 team as part of their preparation for the Asian Games” said BFF's technical director BA Jubaer Nipu.
Meanwhile, BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag claimed whatever came out in the media recently about de Kruif's allegations about non-payment of salaries and the unhygienic state of BKSP was 'blown out of proportion'.
“I admit that the room that was provided to the coaches initially was not very standard. There were some problems regarding food and other things which have since been taken care of. There should not be an issue regarding the salaries because the coaches have already received the amount they were promised during the discussion with the BFF president Kazi Salahuddin recently,” said Shohag.