Sports, Football

BFF has to wait to get Hamza for two years


Published : 12 Oct 2022 09:34 PM

Last few days the excitement with Hamza Dewan Choudhury, a Bangladeshi origin English player knows no bounds that he may play in the Bangladesh national team in a little while.

But the reality is that there is no possibility Hamza will wear Bangladesh jersey at least within two years, as Abu Nayeem Shohag, general secretary of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) informed.

Hamza Chowdhury, a professional English Premier League footballer expressed his intend if any opportunity will turn up, there is a possibility his playing for Bangladesh national team.

Hamza is the only British-Bangladeshi ever to play in the Premier League, the former England U21 midfielder, who has Sylheti heritage, in mid-September just put across his opinion to the possibility of playing for Bangladesh in an interview - aired on Sky Sports News - with Nujum Sports, where he became the Muslim athlete support group’s latest ambassador.

According to the Sky Sports, the Watford head coach Rob Edward also commented on that as he said, "Hamza can be a real shining light as someone, who can encourage others to take up the sport. If he chooses to do it, I think it could be really positive for a lot of people.”

Since then, the excitement generated among all, even the high ups of the BFF also excited to comprise in the Bangladesh contingent. 

Shohag, GS of BFF, when talking to the Bangladesh Post on Tuesday said that in recent time there is no possibility of Hamza Chowdhury playing for Bangladesh.

Shohag said, “To be honest, we were also very much excited after came to know that Hamza is interested to play for Bangladesh national team and making no other delay to start making contact with him.”

“We (BFF) have been trying to communicate with Hamza twice but we could not and even have no fid-back from his family first time.”

“Second time we could get in touch with his father and received a fid-back, he explained us, as Hamza is now a player of Leister City (now plying for Watford on loan), one of the top teams in the English Premier League and has a bright future and enough brilliant to make room in the England national side. So, he will wait at least two years and will try heart and soul to be show off with England’s national team’s jersey, as his family explained us,” Shohag said.

Shohag replying to a query said, “But his father did not disregard us, as he also said that he would be happy if Hamza will play for Bangladesh.”

“Right now, he is a boy of 21-year-old, he is a high caliber booter, at this age he draws the attention of all and team like Leister City included in their side, though now plays for Watford on loan. If he would be able to make his room in the English side, he will have the great opportunity to play in the FFIA World Cup. Playing in the World Cup is a life time dream of a player and he has bright chance.”

“So, I think we will have to wait to for two years to have Hamza in our Bangladesh national team and our endeavor will be continue and we will get in touch with him and his family,” said Shohag.