Zoran arrives here tonight
Serbian coach Zoran Djordjevic is scheduled to arrive here tonight to take charge of the Bangladesh U-23 football team for the upcoming South Asian Games to be held in Bangladesh from January 29 to February 9.
Hosts Bangladesh have been drawn in Group A along with two-time champions Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan.
The Serbian coach will also be given the responsibility to guide the senior team for the AFC Challenge Cup finals to be held in Sri Lanka from February 16 to 27. Bangladesh will play against Tajikistan, Myanmar and hosts Sri Lanka in Group A while Group B consists of defending champions India, North Korea, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. The champions of the tournament will earn direct entry to the Asia Cup.
Djordjevic's two assistants are also scheduled to arrive with him, but Zoran Kraljedic, one of the assistants, is expected to arrive on Wednesday while the arrival of the other assistant, Berber Dabor, who is coming in place of Sasa Nikolic, who can't come following his family problem, depends on the receipt of his air-ticket which will be sent by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF).
"We will strike a deal with Djordjevic as soon as possible after his arrival," said BFF general secretary Al Musabbir Sadi adding that Djordjevic and his two assistants were coming under a package for two months.
Djordjevic appeared for an interview before BFF high-ups last December and watched the performance of the national team during the SAFF Championship where Bangladesh, coached by Shahidur Rahman Shantoo, were eliminated from the semifinals.
The 57-year-old Serbian has experience of coaching the Yemen and Sudan's national teams apart from various clubs of Middle East. Djordjevic guided Churchill Brothers SC to the I-League title in 2008-2009, the first foreign coach to achieve the feat. It was Churchill's first league title too.
The camp of the Under-23 will start from January 15.