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Old guard Pakir Ali back in Bangladesh with Police Club this time

MD ANWAR ULLAH, Dhaka
Old guard Pakir Ali back in Bangladesh with Police Club this time

Once a popular overseas booters in Bangladesh, Mohammed Nizam Pakir Ali, who played for Abahani Limited in the then Dhaka premier football league in eighties, is back in the country with a new assignment – this time as the head coach of Bangladesh Police Sporting Club.

The new comers in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) appointed Pakir Ali, one of the all time greats of Sri Lankan football, with the ensuing season in view.

The Police Sporting Club is the first among the BPL teams that stepped forward to organise the team prior to the season’s kickoff.
Pakir spent the peak time of his playing career in Bangladesh as a foreign footballer of Abahani playing with utmost repute and worked later as a coach of different teams here.

However, his arrival this time has been confirmed as the head coach of Bangladesh Police Sporting Club. Manager of the club Sheikh Maruf Hassan confirmed this to The Independent.

Sheikh Mohammed Maruf Hassan, Additional Inspector General of Police, Police Staff College, Bangladesh explained the reason behind bringing Pakir Ali this season albeit too early.

He said, “Appointing Pakir Ali is one of our early initiatives to have a well-organised team before the season goes underway.”
The former Sri Lankan national star, according to him, landed in Dhaka mid-night Sunday and is expected to take rest for 4-5 days and then will have discussion meeting with the club management to sketch the programme schedule as to how the club can organise the team for the coming season.”

He said, “We want to complete the formalities as early as possible to start the training camp and accordingly started our homework with coach appointment and then we’ll go for players’ registration.”

Maruf Hassan went on saying, “Most of our players from the previous season were released right after the league’s postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hence, we planned to start the training camp with some of the players available.”

He added, “We also have started searching for foreign booters – might be European, Latin or African. Everything depends on the situation. Because now the much-touted second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest concern. In Europe and America, the second wave has already started taking place. The foreign players’ issue also depends on their availability in this corona situation.”

He, however, concluded saying about their impending plan, “We fairly want to get ready to prepare the team in line with the schedule of the season beginning from December.”

HM

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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