Titu retained as coach | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 21, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 21, 2012

Titu retained as coach

Saiful Bari Titu has once more been given the responsibility of coaching the national team for an exhibition match against Thailand in November and the national U-23s for a six-nation invitational tournament in Sri Lanka in December.
The Bangladesh national team are scheduled to play an exhibition match against Thailand on November 18 while the national U-23 team are supposed to travel to Sri Lanka to take part in an invitational tournament scheduled for December 1-10.
Satyajit Das Rupu, a member of the National Teams Committee, informed yesterday that some 35 to 40 players would be called up for a five-day camp which will start from November 1 and end on November 5, five days before the start of the sixth edition of the professional football league.
The national team will fly on November 15 while the U-23 team are expected to leave here for Sri Lanka on November 28.
Titu, who is also coach of Mohammedan SC, had earlier been appointed to coach the national team in two FIFA International Friendlies against Nepal in September though Bangladesh had played only one friendly on September 20 -- a 1-1 draw -- after the first one was washed out due to rain.
“The national team is always the first priority to me and I am ready to take charge of both sides,” said Titu, who was on Friday assaulted by Mohammedan supporters after the Black & Whites' 2-1 loss to Sheikh Russel KC in the Federation Cup semifinal at the Bangabandh National Stadium.
The former national footballer was disappointed and upset with the incident but no Mohammedan official contacted him as of yesterday noon. Titu is now considering whether he should continue with the Black & Whites.
“I expected my club will support me in this situation but surprisingly nobody from the club has called me yet. Now I am seriously thinking whether I will continue my relationship with them,' said a disappointed Titu.
The spectators are often entered into the field soon after the final whistle due to lack of security measures and all responsibilities regarding the security fall on the shoulder of the Bangladesh Football Federation.
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin told reporters that they would not tolerate such indiscipline on the field and take actions against the parties related to the incident. He also promised that there will not be a repeat of such an incident in future.
Meanwhile, Football Coaches Association of Bangladesh condemned the attack on its information secretary Titu and demanded immediate punishment of the culprits and the provision of adequate security during matches.

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