Bangladesh Football Federation, in its bid to continue the improvement of the national side, yesterday retained the services of Dutch trainer Lodewijk de Kruif and German goalkeeping coach Christian Schweichler till next January.
The national teams committee and the two foreign coaches sat in a meeting at BFF House and the concerned parties agreed on the terms. In accordance with the agreement, De Kruif will continue with his assignment-based contract while Schweichler will continue to train the national goalkeepers and others till the end of the next Bangabandhu Gold Cup, scheduled to be held in Dhaka next January.
De Kruif will now fly back to the Netherlands and return on August 1 to prepare the national side for the 2018 Fifa World Cup second round qualifier against Australia on September 3 at NIB Stadium, Perth.
Schweichler however, will stay at the capital and work with the national custodians. BFF has extended the boundary of his responsibilities as he will now train the talented goalkeepers outside the national side as well as the intern goalkeepers of the BFF’s Sylhet-based Academy.
De Kruif appeared happy with the development. “The scenario says BFF has the faith on me to develop the game and I am also motivated to do the same. We must look forward and our aim is to win the SAFF Championship, scheduled to be held next December,” said De Kruif.