Sports, Hockey

Mariners target retaining title

Published : 11 Feb 2024 10:04 PM

Defending champion Dhaka Mariners Young’s main target is to retain the title in the upcoming Bangladesh Premier Hockey League (BHL).

The Motijheel outfit clinched the title two times out of three.

The club authority sent the letter to the federation to reschedule the transfer window time.

The club sent the letter to the BHF on Friday to reschedule because of their financial crisis.

Their participation in the upcoming BHL was uncertain. But the champions build a strong and high-class team for the upcoming league.

The high officials and the supporters were present at the player transfer program.

It was questionable how the Mariners built a strong team when those who sent the letter to the federation rescheduled the time transfer.

General Secretary of the club Hasan Ullah Khan Rana said, “Really, we were in a crisis. The club's governing body has arranged a special meeting at the moment. The high officials and friends who love the club, support us, and also provide financial support.”

“Abahani is a strong team in papers. But we should remember that hockey is a field game. Who is the best that would be proved on the ground?” said the general secretary.

Meanwhile, there are nine national players who are now in Abahani. The Mariners have four national players.

Coach Mamunur Rashid set a mission: to clinch the championship in the BHL.

He is determined to get more powerful hockey from the players.

The coach said, “The team is built by young and experienced players. Teamwork is the driving force behind team operations. We will show our best performance through teamwork."

Mamunur Rashid spent a lot of time with Usha KC as a coach. He joined Mariner Young’s two years ago. The team became champions last season under his coaching. He takes on the same challenge each season.

The number one goalkeeper and the national player, Biplob Kuzu, were with the Mariners last season, but the goalkeeper left the club.

A lot of clubs target the top scorer of last season, Sohanur Rahman Sohan, but he still remains with the Mariners.