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POST TIME: 17 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Call to bring back football glory
Bangabandhu Gold Cup theme song unveiled
Sports Reporter

Call to bring back football glory

Cultural Minister Asaduzzaman Noor unveils the theme song of Bangabandhu Gold Cup Football Tournament at a function at BFF Bhaban in the capital yesterday. BFF Photo

Cultural Minister Asaduzzaman Noor on Sunday said that Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has to take effective steps to create eagerness towards football in the country’s grassroots along with attempt their utmost best to keep its continuation through arranging football tournaments.

“Football tournaments after the name of Bangabandhu and Bangamata at school level are being taken place across the country, where most of the players have come out from the insolvent families. The children of the solvent family do not come to football. Football bodies have to bring them in football,” said Asaduzzaman Noor.

“The current players whether it is cricketers or footballers earned huge money than the former players. Currently sports bring solvency of the players. The message has to install among the people,” Noor told media during the theme song launching programme of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup at the BFF bhaban in the capital yesteray.

“For this, we’ve to create eagerness towards football among the grassroots. Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has to take responsibility in this regard. Along with that, they have to try their best to continue through organizing football tournaments across the country,” he added.

The upcoming edition of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup is scheduled to get underway on October 1. This time the tournament will feature six teams including Tajikistan, Palestine, Nepal, Philippines, Laos and the hosts Bangladesh.

The 12-day-tournament will be hosted by the three different cities-Dhaka, Sylhet and Cox’s Bazar. Of them, Cox’s Bazar has been included for the first time, the venue which will feature two semi-final matches, slated to hold on October 9 and 10 respectively.

The tournament will start from Sylhet, where all the group phase matches

will be played in between October 1-6.

The final of the six-nation tournament will be held at the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) on October 12.

The cultural minister thinks that Bangladesh football is on way to development. He also thinks that it would be better if Bangladesh could achieve big success in the just concluded SAFF Championship. But the minister hopes Bangladesh football will regain its lost pride through the Bangabandhu Gold Cup.

BFF senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy, its vice president Mohiuddin Ahmed, BFF member Harun-ur-Rashid, K-Sports CEO Fahad Karim and BFF general secretary Abu Naeem Shohag, among others, were also present.

Salam Murshedy, who recently elected uncontested Member of Parliament from Khulna-3 constituency, informed that the trophy of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup will be unveiled on September 22, where commerce minister Tofail Ahmed will grace the programme as the chief guest.

The newly-elected MP said, “We want to continue the tournament. We want to establish Bangabandhu Gold Cup in international arena as an international standard tournament.”  

Later he informed that they will also bring rally in 64 districts across the country simultaneously to mark the tournament.