Kings to support foreign brigade’s success in the international arena

27 Jul 2022 | 08:49 | Football

“We are well aware that the expectations surrounding our club are huge. It is no secret that the club’s overriding goal is to be the best club in the region.”

Bashundhara Kings Coach, Oscar Bruzon

After cementing their foothold in the domestic round by winning their third consecutive Bangladesh Premier League title, Bashundhara Kings are aiming to become the best club in South Asia.

Under the leadership of Oscar Bruzon, the Bashundhara Kings have won the six titles they have competed for since their debut in the 2018-19 premier football season, but they have yet to taste success in the arena. international.

They have been knocked out of the AFC Cup group stage twice after their first appearance was canceled due to the pandemic.

The 45-year-old coach believes the club is on the right track in its goal of becoming the best club in the South Asian region.

“Positive journey so far at international competitions [AFC Cup] as well as we have twice finished second in the group stage of South Asia, where the champions of important tournaments participate. We only lost one match out of our three appearances. We are well aware that the expectations surrounding our club are huge. It’s no secret that the club’s overriding goal is to be the best club in the region,” Bruno told The Daily Star yesterday.

The club got off to a good start in their first AFC Cup debut, losing 5-1 to Maldives Sports Club TC before the tournament was canceled due to the pandemic. For the next two seasons, the Kings trailed eventual champion ATK Mohun Bagan, trailing on goal difference despite having the same six points last time out.

Analysts say that the difference between local Bangladeshi and Indian players is what makes the ultimate difference at this stage. Bruzon, however, wants to keep faith in their own process for success.

“We really believe in this process; good things take time, but the trend of the team is positive. We go our separate ways, done with careful, clear steps. clear and solid,” Bruzon said. “There are many aspects that need improvement at different levels, both internally and externally. In our case, as coaches, we work consciously to improve those aspects. That way, we can control each and every one of our players very closely.”

The club’s technical director, BA Jubair Input, confirmed that they will be recruiting three new foreign players to replace Gambian striker Noha Morang, Brazilian midfielder Miguel Figueira and Iran defender Khaled Shafiei for the season. came after extending the contract with the inspired Brazilian striker Robson Robinho. many more years.

Although Bruzon is open to discussing new transfers once the ongoing tournament is complete, there are whispers that the club are trying to attract Abahani Brazilian striker Dorielton Gomes and Brazilian midfielder. Saif SC’s Uzbekistan Asror Gafurov with a top quality foreign defender.

It is also known that the Bashundhara Kings want to sign a local centre-back, a position they have largely suffered this season following the knee injury of top local centre-back Tapu Barman.