Bangladesh captain Jamal Bhuiyan shared a picture of himself holding his Bangladesh shirt at the Argentine Football Association on his social media accounts a few hours ago. This has led to more rumors that he is joining a third-tier Argentine club.
“It’s time for me to represent Bangladesh in Argentina,” read the message that went with the post. Thank you to the Argentina Football Federation for asking me. AFA – Argentina’s National Team”
Even though pictures of him in Buenos Aires went popular on social media a few days ago, the Bangladesh captain at first denied that he was in South America. He said he was in Europe. He didn’t want to say that he had signed a contract with Sol de Mayo, an Argentine team in the third division that had asked him to play last year. But his old team, Sheikh Russel, didn’t let him go in the middle of the season.
Jamal has no legal duty to play for Sheikh Russel now that he is a free agent, even though the Bangladesh Premier League team recently said Jamal had agreed in principle to stay with the club, even though nothing was signed on paper.
Diego Cruciani (L) and Jamal (R) Picture: Files Collected
Jamal was seen hanging out with Diego Cruciani, a former coach of Bangladesh and Saif Sporting, where Jamal played, early on Wednesday. This added to the rumors that Jamal was going to play in Argentina.
No one has said for sure if Jamal has been asked by the Argentina FA, as the social media post suggests. However, now that Jamal is freely pushing his tour to South America, it seems even more likely that he will end up playing for an Argentine team.
The 33-year-old midfielder is likely to go back to Bangladesh to take part in the national team’s training camp, which is set to begin on August 20. The camp will prepare the team for the FIFA friendly matches against Afghanistan next month and the World Cup prequalifying matches in October.