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12:00 AM, May 22, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 22, 2020

Booters, BFF discuss concerns in meeting

The Bangladesh Football Federation's (BFF's) national teams committee is considering arranging a training camp for national players while ensuring proper isolation of the booters in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee discussed the issue during an online conversation, which was attended by 26 footballers, the national team's committee chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed, deputy chairman Tabith M Awal, manager Satyajit Das Rupu, head coach Jamie Day and assistant coach Stuart Watkiss.

During the hour-long meeting, officials talked about possible plans and coaches expressed satisfaction over the mental and physical health of the players, but the players again expressed concerns over the calcellation of the season and their future.

"We haven't seen each other for many days, although we all have been connected via WhatsApp. We discussed whether we can hold an isolation training camp for the players as soon as the situation improves," Nabil told The Daily Star.

"The response of the players to our first online initiative was really good. They were concerned about the new season and their contracts. We will definitely convey their concerns to the BFF president," he added.

Right-back Raihan Hasan added: "I said that footballers have been going through a financial crisis and a good decision regarding the players' contracts from the federation can save both players and clubs."

Day and Watkiss have been following up on the home fitness regimens of the players via WhatsApp and striker Nabib Newaj Jibon said that they have been trying to follow the drills to maintain fitness.

"It is very important for every player to be fit. I know everyone has been in regular fitness training. Personally, I am looking forward to your positive attitude and I hope we can organise this training camp because we have to be an example for others," said captain Jamal Bhuiyan.

"The boys are good. It [the meeting] was to check the players' mental and physical welfare and possible plan of the national team going forward," said Jamie.

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