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12:00 AM, November 02, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 02, 2015

Joseph leaving with hope

Joseph Nur Rahman, the 28-year-old Sweden-based midfielder who spent a brief stint in trial with the Bangladesh national team, will fly back to Sweden on Thursday with the assurance that he might be called up to the camp in time for the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in December.

The attacking midfielder, who plays for Procyon BK in the Swedish fifth division, has received quiet praise from head coach Fabio Lopez, who believes the midfielder has the potential to stake a claim in the national team sooner rather than later.

“He is doing well. Tactically he is good, but I don't have enough time before the matches against Tajikistan and Australia to bring someone new,” said the Italian.

The Sweden-based midfielder joined the trial last Wednesday, but was yesterday asked to leave the camp as the coach wants to concentrate on a smaller number of players than the preliminary 30-member squad in the time ahead of the Tajikistan fixture on November 12.

'If I have to bring someone, I need to bring in Zahid before I can bring him. But I don't have enough time now to bring either Zahid or any other player,” added Lopez after the team's training session at the BFF artificial turf yesterday.

Rahman, though, is hopeful that he would wear the red and green jersey one day as his aim is to play for the national team as well as play in domestic football here.

“I am a bit disappointed [that I would have to leave the camp], but I can understand that it is impossible to get into the national team with such a short trial,” said the midfielder who attended four training sessions. “The coaches have told me to work on my fitness when I get back to Sweden and assured me that I would be called up again before the SAFF Championship.”

If eventually Rahman gets into the side, he would be second expatriate booter to represent Bangladesh after Jamal Bhuiyan, who has become an integral part of the team since his first appearance in the 2013 SAFF Championship.

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