Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Monday announced a 23-member National Football team for the six-nation Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament beginning on January 15.
The final national squad was announced at a press-conference at BFF house at Motijheel in the capital.
BFF general secretary Abu Nayem Sohag, Team Manager Satyajit Das Rupu and assistant coach of the team Stuart Paul Wattkiss were present.
Hosts Bangladesh put in tough Group A of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, named after father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with tournament top seed and holders Palestine and islanders Sri Lanka while Group B team comprise of three African nations -- Burundi, Mauritius and Seychelles.
Jamal Bhuiyan retained as national captain.
Reliable defender Tapu Barman returned to the national squad after long time recovering from injury alongside new face cum promising midfielder of Chattogram Ahahani Manik Hossain Mollah while Biplo Ahmed and Yeasir Arafat were dropped—for injury and off-form respectively.
Selected players were asked to report to Team Manager Satyajit Das Rupu on Tuesday at 7pm at Hotel Fars & Resorts with their kits to join the national camp on Wednesday morning.
In the latest FIFA rankings -- Palestine are in 106th slot while Burundi in 151st, Mauritius in 172nd, hosts Bangladesh in 187th, Seychelles in 200th and Sri Lanka in 205th position.
In the last edition of the meet in 2018, Palestine emerged champions beating Tajikistan by 4-3 goals in the tie-breaker.
Bangladesh finished runners-up in 2015 conceding 3-2 goals defeat against Malaysia in the final.
Goalkeepers- Anisur Rahman Zico, Shahidul Alam Sohel and Ashraful Islam Rana.
Defenders- Topu Barman, Yeasin Khan, Sushanta Tripura, Rayhan Hasan, Tutul Hossain Badsha, Riadul Hasan and Rahmat Mia.
Midfielders: Rabiul Hasan, Saad Uddin, Mamunul Islam Mamun, Sohel Rana, Jamal Bhuiyan and Manik Hossain Mollah.
Forwards-Mahbubur Rahman Sufil, Towhidul Alam Sabuj, Motin Miah, Mohammad Ibrahim, Nabib Newaz Jibon, Arifur Rahman and Rakib Hossain.