“Bashundhara Kings will never be able to write history without me.”
Before leaving Dhaka after finishing the Bashundhara chapter last year, Daniel Colindres, who played in the 2018 Russia World Cup for Costa Rica, said. Bashundhara won their first title in the Premier League in 2016 under the captaincy of Colindres! The 35-year-old forward has returned to Bangladesh football after one season. However, his arrival in Dhaka this time was not for Bashundhara, but to play in Abahani Limited’s jersey.
This time in front of Bashundhara, the hat trick is to win the league title. And Kalindres’ goal is to bring the title to Abahani by depriving Bashundhara of a hat trick. Abahani has come down with eight ghats to pull the reins of Bashundhara. It is clear that he brought Kalindres. However, their players have to fix everything.
Before signing up for Abahani, Sichuan Juniye, a Chinese League One club, last played.
Abahani has included Iranian centerback Milad Sheikh in the Asian quota. The 29-year-old defender played for Pakhan FC in Iran’s latest league.
In the case of local players, the big surprise of Abahani is not bringing anyone in the team, the players say goodbye. They have released Mamunul Islam, Wali Faisal and Pranatosh Kumar Das, who are over 35 years old. Notable among the new local players is winger Rabik Hossain from Chittagong Abahani. However, they could not keep midfielder Sohail Rana and forward Saad Uddin.
On the last day, Bashundhara has changed its team quite simply. Golam Jobayer, the technical director of the team, has submitted the list of players without bringing any players. They have their eyes on the hat-trick title with the old players. With the newcomers came four footballers who played for different teams last season. Midfielder Sohail Rana from Abahani, left back Yasin Arafat from Saif Sporting, striker Sumon Reza from North Baridhara and center back Mehdi Hasan from Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra.
Bashundhara has retained Iranian defender Khalid Shafi’i along with Brazil’s Robson de Silva and Jonathan Fernandez among the old four foreigners. They have replaced Argentine striker Ral Bessera with Bosnia national team midfielder Stoyan Vranies. Since making his Bosnian national team debut in 2009, he has played in international friendlies against Uzbekistan, Ireland and Mexico. Vrans has scored 10 goals in 15 appearances for Bosnian Premier League club Borak Banja Loka last season. The midfielder was also the captain of the team.