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Maruf's moment

  • Published at 11:07 am May 2nd, 2013

Sheikh Russell coach Maruful Haque enjoyed the finest moment of his career on Wednesday when his players circled around and gave the man who led them to the Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League title a standing ovation of affection and respect. Maruf and his men have had stellar season, capturing the Federation Cup, the Super Cup and the Independence Cup before sealing the league title on Wednesday. The coach, however, downplayed his own role in the successes.  “All the credit goes to my players, who have worked hard and remained focused to their ultimate goal- the title of the league. I would also like to thank the management for their efficient support,” said Maruf. Maruf recalled his critics, who have often been harsh in judging him. "As I have never won the league title, some quarters raised questions about my competency. I would like to dedicate the title to them and look forward to work harder,” said Maruf. Asked about the feelings of winning the league title Maruf did not hold back. “A league title can be compared with winning ten tournament titles, to be frank I don’t have the words to express my feelings.  Winning all three available titles is like a dream come true,” said the coach, who has completed the first part of obtaining his UEFA license. Maruf was particularly proud of the clean way his team had earned their bounty. “I don’t want to mention the past, but it is also true that some of the championships won by other clubs had some controversy to it. "I can always say that Russell’s title is not marred by any controversies, nobody can rub any confusion over the success of Russell,” exclaimed Maruf. Motivation and clear goals were a big part of the team's successes. “We went forward step by step. The Federation Cup made us feel like champions, the Independence Cup boosted us up for the ultimate goal and we remained focused to hit the bull’s eye -the league title," the coach said. What of next season? “Please give me some time to just relax. It's too early to say,” he laughed.

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