From Denmark to Dhaka
Jamal Bhuiyan is confident of securing a place in the final squad of Bangladesh's World Cup pre-qualifier squad as the Denmark-born Bangladeshi booter will start his training with local clubs from today.
“I have no idea about the standard of Bangladeshi footballers or the Bangladesh national team but I am confident that I will be able to secure a place in the final squad,” said Jamal who yesterday visited Bangladesh Football Federation to be introduced to local coaches as well as members of the national team management committee.
The 27-member preliminary squad will be reduced to a 20-member squad on June 20
The 21-year old booter believes it is easier to represent Bangladesh than Denmark, whose booters play in top-level leagues like France, Spain and England.
The midfielder, who is now playing for HIK, a second division team of Denmark, said that was inspired to play for Bangladesh as it is the home of his parents.
Jamal was given a contract by the youth team of FC Copenhagen at the age of 15 in 2005 but his career with the club came to an end after being shot four times in a gang fight at his father's departmental store in 2007.
Then he struggled for one and half years to regain full fitness, but he failed to reclaim his place in FC Copenhagen and joined second division HIK in 2009.