The red and green jersey that will be sported by the Bangladesh national team in the Hero Asia Cup has been unveiled in a national hockey star studded ceremony at the Dutch Bangla Bank auditorium of BOA on Thursday.
The dignitaries, present at the jersey unveiling ceremony, Bangladesh Hockey Federation president Air Marshal Abu Esrar, federation general secretary Abdus Sadeque, vice president and tournament committee chairman Shafiullah al Munir, DMD of sponsor Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd Abu Reza Md. Yahya and MD of First Security Islami Bank Ltd Syed M. Wasek Ali hoped that the red and green jersey would motivate the national team to put the best in the field.
Abdus Sadeque, also a former national captain hoped the jersey would create a bunch of gladiators. “With the red and green, I believe the players would be transformed into a group of indomitable soldiers , fighting for the country and the hockey of Bangladesh” said Sadeque.
Shafiullah al Munir hoped the revival hockey has started with the new Jersey. “The Asia Cup, I believe the first step of the revival has started with the unveiling of the red and green jersey, the whole nation will be with the team” said Munir.
Abu Reza Md. Yahya was hoping to stir the nation with the Asia Cup. “The top meet of Asian hockey has already created a buzz in the country, we want to see Bangladesh in the next level” said Yaha.
Syed Wasek Md. Ali focused upon stepping into the modern zone. “With the floodlit infrastructure the hockey stadium has obtained the true international flavour, it’s now up to the players to keep it up” said Wasek.
Abu Esrar called upon the perfect team spirit. “When the time gets tough, perfect team spirit and self confidence is the key to proceed, the red and green jersey is expected to unite the team to a total unit” said Abu Esrar.
Head Coach Mahbub Harun was hopeful of putting a good show in his own yard. “In the last couple of months we emphasized upon the our team plan, set play and fitness, we are not worried with our opponents rather we are focused on our abilities, we will be a fighting team in the field” said Harun.
Skipper Jimmy focused upon rectifying the mistakes. “We have been playing for a long time together, the Asia Cup is the biggest tourney in our home ground, we are ready to perform to our best and will be careful not to repeat the mistakes” said Jimmy