Bangladesh football captain Mamunul Islam has decided not to play for Bangladesh again after being dropped from the squad for the Asian Cup Qualifying Playoff against Bhutan.
The 28-year-old midfielder said he felt insulted after being overlooked in Tom Saintfiet’s team for Tuesday’s first leg fixture in their backyard.
“Until yesterday I knew I would play against Bhutan but today I heard that I won’t. I have been serving the country for a long time as captain but the coach took the decision without having a word with me,” he said on Monday.
“I feel humiliated and so I’ve decided to step aside.”
A calf injury forced Mamunul out of their last friendly against the Maldives in Malé where Bangladesh were handed a 5-0 rout by the hosts.
“Actually I should’ve left some time ago. But I wanted to serve the country for some more time. So I returned to play,” he added.
“But I can’t take any more insults like this. I’ve thought through the decision. I will let the BFF know of my decision through a letter in the afternoon.”
Mamunul was among the four footballers who were handed down suspensions for different terms on charges of violating the disciplinary code during SAFF Championship.
Later he officially apologised and returned to the team.