শুক্রবার, ৪ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Clubs relocate for training

There was a time when the concept of having a pre-season training camp was only restricted to the Bangladesh national side. But the scenario has gradually seen a change as four Dhaka clubs have recently decided to hold conditioning camps outside the capital ahead of the season's curtain-raising tournament, the Federation Cup.


After a pre-season training camp in Comilla last season, Motijheel-based outfit Mohammedan SC have proved to be the trendsetters in inspiring others to undertake training in the clam and pleasant environment outside Dhaka. Most of the Dhaka clubs have no facilities including ground inside the city and therefore often fail to make their players ready for the top-flight battle.

The popular Black and Whites also have no ground in Dhaka and have kept their promise to continue the pre-season preparation outside Dhaka and this time they have chosen Mymensingh as the venue where they are able to avail all facilities including gym and swimming-pool.

Mohammedan under the supervision of coach Maruful Haq brought two trophies out of three home and finished behind champions Abahani in the B. League and many still believe that those successes were achieved, mainly due to the pre-season conditioning camp in Comilla that kept the players fit throughout the season.

Nevertheless, Mohammedan's successes have inspired new-powerhouse Sheikh Russel KC and even giants Abahani, who have the ground facility, to choose the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) for the conditioning camp while Muktijoddha Sangsad opted to train at the Dinajpur BKSP.

Mohammedan coach Maruful Haq believed a team needs uninterrupted training before the start of the season, if they intend to stay in the trophy race and the club ultimately would be the beneficiary through this type of training though it might take a bit more cost compared to running a training camp in Dhaka.

Maruf thought that the clubs might start their pre-season camp outside Dhaka though it ultimately totally depended on the management decision.

Veteran coach Golam Sarwar Tipu, the coach of Muktijoddha Sangsad, said the clubs might opt to train in the isolated place like Dinajpur BKSP or might choose a place near to the capital.

"The financial condition of our clubs is not good and nothing will be changed overnight, but they can take imitative like others to send the team outside Dhaka as most of the Dhaka club have no ground and others facilities."

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