De Kruif coach for Bangabandhu Cup
Barely two-and-a-half months after being sacked, Lodewijk de Kruif is set to make a return as head coach of the national team during the Bangabandhu Gold Cup International football tournament.
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), which fired the Dutch coach following a lengthy payment dispute in October last year, has offered him a one-month contract to work with the national team during the proposed six-team invitational tournament.
The 43-year-old Kruif, who previously coached the national team for 15-and-a-half months, will arrive in the capital before the start of the tourney, which is likely to start in the third week of this month. He led Bangladesh to 12 international matches of which he won four, drew two and lost six.
“Kruif has agreed to coach the Bangladesh national team in the Bangabandhu Gold Cup as we have offered him a one-month contract. We will send him an air-ticket as soon as we get the confirmation of the starting date of the tournament from the BFF President (Kazi Salahuddin),” BFF vice-president Tabith M Awal told reporters yesterday.
Salahuddin, now attending the AFC Congress in Australia, was supposed to finalise the schedule of the tournament after discussing the matter with the participating teams last night.