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Focus on Barcos, Ashfaq

  • Published at 08:34 pm March 10th, 2020
Bashundhara Kings' Hernan Barcos shoots at goal during training in Dhaka Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Spanish coach Bruzon praised Ashfaq highly, but when asked as to who would be more effective on the pitch between Barcos and Ashfaq, he rather mentioned Colindres

The 34-year old south Asian star Ali Ashfaq is only one year younger than Argentine striker Hernan Barcos, the former teammate of Lionel Messi who is most likely to make his debut with Bashundhara Kings against the former's TC Sports of Maldives in the AFC Cup 2020 Wednesday. 

The age however, matters little to the coaches of both the sides because of the distinguished career of these two players. 

Maldives’ all-time top-scorer Ashfaq is a proven striker in this part of the world but Kings coach Oscar Bruzon expressed confidence.   

"Hernan is world class player. He showed it not only on paper but also in daily practice. He is really outstanding and gelling very well with remaining players. I assure he will leave big benefit on other players too," said Bruzon.

"Bashundhara have good foreign players. We are aware of it. We know about him (Barcos) and we love to play against good and great players," said Mohamed Shazly, the head coach of TC, adding that Ashfaq provides the most quality among the foreign players in his team.

 TC Sports' Ali Ashfaq in action Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

"Ashfaq has not been with us from the beginning. He joined us from third round in Maldives League because we needed to make the team stronger. His inclusion has made our squad much strong because he is the best player of Maldives," added Shazly.

Bruzon coached Ashfaq and Sunil Chhetri, both of whom are considered the best strikers in this region for more than a decade. 

The Spanish coach praised Ashfaq highly, but when asked as to who would be more effective on the pitch between Barcos and Ashfaq, he rather mentioned Daniel Colindres.   

Kings defender Topu Barman however, believes Ashfaq doesn't have a cutting edge.   

"Ashfaq is a good player but I think he can’t perform now like he used to before. He is at his dawning stage of career. Hopefully Ali will not be a problem, we can stop him," said the Bangladesh center-back before saying they have made good understanding with Barcos before the club's AFC Cup debut Wednesday afternoon.

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