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Bruzon: Resume BPL in June or cancel it

  • Published at 08:01 pm May 9th, 2020
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Bashundhara Kings' Spanish head coach Oscar Bruzon Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The former coach of Spanish side Celta Vigo believes that restarting football under a new season would benefit all stakeholders involved

Oscar Bruzon, the Bashundhara Kings head coach, has opined to terminate the postponed Bangladesh Premier League if it can’t be resumed in June and start planning for the next season.

“The situation has only one solution, start the league in June or cancel it,” Bruzon, the Spanish tactician, told Dhaka Tribune.

“In case we could resume the league from early June it would be great completing the season. But this mostly cannot happen due to the current momentum of the epidemic.”

He explained, “It will be very difficult that in June all teams are fit again and with all their members. In the current scenario playing 16 more games to complete the league will bring an overload of games. There are national team games later and a new season will absolutely be a player destroyer.”

The former coach of Spanish side Celta Vigo believes that restarting football under a new season would benefit all stakeholders involved.

“From a player-based approach and in order to balance between health in the short term and fitness in the mid-term, in my opinion the best solution is to terminate the current season and restart football under a new season from September. This option would benefit all the involved stakeholders, clubs, players, professionals and fans for different reasons,” he said.

Professional league committee of the Bangladesh Football Federation couldn’t come up with a specific decision during its last meeting at the end of April, despite most clubs disagreeing to continue.

Some clubs like Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra, Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra and Uttar Baridhara Club have already closed contracts with the foreign signings for the season.

“Keeping the current season suspended for more months will affect badly financially many clubs as season could go to November-December and contracts are running out,” he said.

The BFF had earlier called an emergency meeting of its executive committee Monday to discuss the matter but cancelled it later Saturday, stating, “The meeting will be held after the end of general holiday in the country, and when Covid-19 situation gets normal.”

National team head coach Jamie Day earlier proposed a mini Super League that could last for three-four months starting from September and give booters some playing time soon after the pandemic is redeemed. 

Bruzon termed the idea “brilliant.”

“Day has suggested a new tournament format to start the next season and in fact this is a brilliant idea as national players would get fit and in time for the later national team commitments,” he said.

Bruzon talked to media for the first time since the suspension of the games in mid-March. 

The 42-year old has mostly been spending quarantined days in Dhaka analyzing games, updating video library and keeping touch with coaching staffs to send the players their daily workouts.

He concluded, “By evening time, I do some fitness at home and by late evening holding long talks to my family and watch documentaries at Netflix.”

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