Follow India's example: Dido
Ex-Bangladesh coach Edson Silva Dido feels that Bangladesh's semifinal exit from the Bangabandhu 6th SAFF Championship vindicated his youthful team selection for which he was relieved of his duties.
The Brazilian, whose young team was later dismantled, also stated that Bangladesh had missed a great chance to groom some young players through this tournament, and would feel the effects in the future.
“I am now wondering who they [the Bangladesh Football Federation] are blaming,” he said over e-mail following the triumph of an youthful Indian team.
“Dido is no longer there to become the punching bag of some s… officials of BFF.
“I just feel sorry for [Kazi] Salahuddin, lost in the middle of ocean of sharks, seeing his dreams fading away and wondering if he will live to see Bangladesh as the best of South Asia.”
Dido also revealed that he had planned a strategy with his young team, which he was unable to enact.
“I had planned a full strategy; a constantly moving and dynamic system that would allow the young players to display their full technique.
“And even if we lost it is much more constructive to lose with young players (future) then old, so called experienced players. But I believe this is a concept beyond the understanding of those who sacked me.”
Bangladesh bowed out of the SAFF Cham-pionship after a 1-0 semifinal defeat against India.
Dido also scoffed at the tag 'experienced.'
“If we are talking about successful experienced players who have a winning streak, it would have made sense. But these old players have experienced only losses. When I arrived there was three years without one single win, so we are talking about players used to losing.
“To change it, you must renew totally the group keeping only those you can rely on, like Aminul for example.”
Dido restated his comments made during his exclusive interview with The Daily Star.
“The result in the tournament is because of bad administration of the national team affairs, unprepared coaches and the fact that no one ever tells you what they really think. A lot of the players are unhappy but they can never tell you that for fear of the club officials“
The Brazilian ended by saying that Bangladesh would do well to learn from the example of India.
“The BFF kept saying that the SAFF tournament is like the World Cup. Well it looks like India was thinking just like me, planning for a much more important thing the future.”