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Tk 350 investment gave birth to a national football player

20 May 2022 | 08:40 | Football

“Because my father, a farmer, has done a lot to energize me to pursue my dream, I asked him to stop working and rely on me because I am earning a nice amount of money. play football,” said midfielder Sohel Rana of Chittagong Abahani. talk about his father.

The 25-year-old is one of three new faces, all in midfield, to be included in Bangladesh’s 21-member preliminary squad for next month’s friendly against Indonesia and the Asian Cup Qualifiers in Malaysia. .

“My family, especially my father, have supported me a lot. Sometimes, under difficult circumstances, my mother asked me to find a job. When I was a 3rd grader in 2005, my father gave me a job. support me 350 Tk from my meager earnings to buy boots. , panties and socks. Since then, I have not looked back.”

Sohel Rana, Midfielder, Chittagong Abahani

To help her son follow his dream, Sher Ali earned Tk 350 and invested in Sohel’s dream, buying his son football equipment who is in third grade. That has yielded huge dividends, with Sohel shouldering the family’s expenses after joining one of the country’s top clubs.

“My family, especially my father, have supported me a lot. Sometimes, under difficult circumstances, my mother asked me to find a job. When I was a 3rd grader in 2005, my father gave me a job. support me 350 Tk from my meager earnings to buy boots. , panties and socks. Since then, I have not looked back.”

Sohel Rana played in the Danone Nations Cup (U-13) football tournament and the Bangabandhu Gold Cup elementary school football tournament. In the national school football championship, his school – Bibir Bazar High School – became the champion in 2014.

However, his impoverished circumstances led him to join the Bangladesh Army as a footballer in 2015 and he represented the Bangladesh Army until 2019 before joining the team. Bangladesh Premier League Rahmatganj MFS same year. After being confirmed to join the top soccer league, Sohel left his job in the army to become a professional footballer and pursue his dream of winning a spot on the national team.

“I drew the attention of [Rahmatganj] Coach Golam Jilani, who has watched me play before but was not completely convinced. But he called me to Rahmatganj after I finished as the top scorer in the allied soccer competition as the Bangladesh Army became the champion by defeating the Bangladesh Navy all over the world. family,” said Sohel. After joining Rahmatganj, I left my job in Bangladesh Army because I always wanted to play in Bangladesh Premier League. “

The Cumilla-born player spent a season at Rahmatganj before joining Chittagong Abahani and is still representing the port city side under the country’s only UEFA-A licensed manager, Maruful Haque.

“I believe I will be called up to the national team because I performed very well in the Bangladesh Premier League for Chittagong Abahani. I became sharper after contacting him. [coach] Maruful Haque. Under his tutelage, I did it right. I usually launch long balls to launch attacks and lead to goals. “

However, while he realizes finding a spot in game 11 will be challenging, he is confident he will make the leap.

“I know the caliber of the players [Jamal Bhuiyan, Atiqur Rahman Fahad and Masuk Miah] play in my position in the national team but I believe in myself. I’m thinking how to get a spot in the 11th squad, not just being on the roster. I’m working hard in the national team,” said Sohel, who added that he would need to improve further.

“My weakness is that I become demoralized when our team loses the ball and react a few seconds slowly. I have to react quickly, not think much and concentrate more when the opponent has the ball.”

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