Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Oldham Athletic U-20 squad arrives in Bangladesh

Young footballers of English League One club Oldham Athletic have arrived arrived in Dhaka to play three exhibition matches against Bangladeshi teams. The U-20 side begins its campaign against Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Bangabandhu National Stadium. They will face the Bangladesh U-23s in Sylhet on 10 May and return to Dhaka for the last match against Abahani on 12 May. The two matches to be held in the capital will be telecast live by satellite channel ATN Bangla. Apart from playing, the Latics will also be involved in promotional work with local players. It is likely that a number of Bangladeshi youngsters would be selected to visit the UK for further intensive training at a future date.

The club's CEO Alan Hardy told a press conference held at Bangladesh Football Federation Bhaban and attended by BFF Senior Vice President Monir Ahmed that a number of coaches are amongst the 18 touring officials. They will work with players to test their skill as well as local coaches to exchange modern technique. Players with satisfactory skills could well be trained at the Oldham Academy.

The tour is being supported by Royal Bengal Airlines, Shamoli Lifestyle, Dhaka Regency, Millon restaurant, Blue Tiffin restaurant, Shireen restaurant, Blue Ocean restaurant, Balti Taste, The Better Gym, Tricon Product Sourcing, G10 Design and Print and Marlboro Express.

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