Bangladesh skipper and ace midfielder Jamal Bhuiyan was rumoured to be playing domestic football in India at the end of last September. That buzz matched more wings on Friday. According to a media in Kolkata, the captain of the Bangladesh football team is in talks with Kolkata Mohammedan. However, Jamal has completely blown away this news.
Wasim Akram, general secretary of Kolkata Mohammedan, told the local media that Jamal was in talks with them. Although nothing have been finalized yet. If all goes well, Jamal could be seen in the next I-League.
There were rumours that Jamal was leaving Saif Sporting and moving to Kolkata Mohammedan. Only 35 per cent payment of the new contract for the upcoming domestic season in Bangladesh might inspire Jamal to play in India with a hope of higher payment. The defensive midfielder caught the eye after playing well against India in the World Cup qualifiers in October last year. Since then, he has been in the spotlight of Indian clubs. The salaries of the players of I-League teams are also higher than Bangaldesh Premier League (BPL) teams.
However, the Bangladesh skipper told the media that the news of him joining Mohammedan was not true, “Ask Wasim or that reporter if Mohammedan has offered me a deal. If they offered me, I would have said I got the offer.”
Jamal said that if he really gets such an offer, he will not hide it. “If such an offer is really offered, I will inform the media of Bangladesh first, there is nothing to worry about.”
Bangladeshi stars have played for Kolkata club before. The late Monem Munna, Sheikh Mohammad Aslam Rumi Karim, Kaiser Hamid, Rumman bin Wali Sabbir and Alfaz Ahmedra played at different times at traditional East Bengal and Kolkata Mohammedan.
Former skipper Mamunul Islam went to play for Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League in 2014.