Fabio Lopez sacked as Bangladesh coach

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Fabio Lopez’s two-and-a-half month stint with the national football team came to an end when the Football Federation (BFF) fired the Italian with immediate effect and named Maruful Haque as his successor.

The 42-year-old Lopez, who took over from Dutch Lodewijk De Kruif on September 10, became the latest casualty for his poor performance with a team that lost six games on the trot under his stewardship. Although Bangladesh won their final game in Yunnan Asean IFO Cup in China, it was learnt that Lopez was not present in the dugout during the 1-0 victory against Hebei.

The termination of Lopez is the shortest ever stint for a foreign coach in charge of the Bangladesh team.

Maruful has already earned a name for himself in domestic football. He coached Mohammedan to three trophies — the Federation Cup twice and the Super Cup once – before helping Sheikh Russel win a treble in the 2012-13 season. He also coached Sheikh Jamal to their King’s Cup triumph in Bhutan last year.

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