The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is mulling whether to offer Dutch coach Lodewijk de Kruif a third short-term contract ahead of the World Cup Qualifiers, as Bangladesh play their first two home matches in June.
De Kruif is scheduled to leave today for the Netherlands following the completion of his second short-term contract as Bangladesh finished bottom among four teams with one point in the recently-concluded AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers. The Dutchman, who was terminated last October, was given the first short-term contract for the Bangabandhu Gold Cup where he guided the national football team to the runners-up trophy.
The 45-year-old coach was supposed to meet with BFF president Kazi Salahuddin and vice president Tabith M Awal to talk about the World Cup Qualifiers but Kruif had to sit with the BFF general secretary following the cancellation of that meeting
“We will work with him on the basis of assignments. We have discussed different assignments in the meeting. We will send him a new proposal and we believe he will accept it like the previous occasions," said BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag after the meeting.
“Though we have a history, at this moment, I will come when they will call but I am willing to come, which is most important thing,” said Kruif.
Bangladesh will play a total of eight matches in the World Cup Qualifiers with the first two matches in Bangladesh on June 11 and 16. Their opponents will be decided on April 14.
Shohag hinted that they may offer a long-term contract to Kruif from September, subject to the availably of the Dutchman, as Bangladesh have a busy schedule (remaining six matches of World Cup qualifiers, AFC U-19 Championship, AFC U-16 Championship and SAF Championship in December) ahead.