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Bangladesh, Laos declared joint champs

Bangamata Gold Cup final match abandoned due to inclement weather
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Bangladesh, Laos declared joint champs
Bangladesh players celebrate at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital as BFF declares them joint champions with Laos in the Bangamata Under-19 Women’s Gold Cup Football yesterday. The final was abandoned due to inclement weather caused by Cyclone Fani. BFF photo

Bangladesh and Laos became joint champions of the Bangamata Under-19 Women’s International Gold Cup football tournament when the final was called off due to inclement weather caused by Cyclone Fani.


The senior vice-president of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Abdus Salam Murshedi declared Bangladesh and Laos the joint champions of the inaugural tournament after the name of Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib yesterday at the press box of the Bangabandhu National Stadium. Salam said, “The local organising committee and the tournament committee after a discussion called off the match.”

“In fact we were forced to cancel the final, you know the devastating Cyclone Fani is supposed to attack and a large sections of coastal area of Bangladesh are threatened by storm surges, and heavy rains could cause rivers to beach.”

“So we did not want to face any unavoidable situation, which might be cause of a danger, so were afraid of and were forced to cancel the match and we, all, the two participating teams and the match referee after a discussion called off the match.”

“We tried hard up to last moment to organise the match but we took the decision after having all the reports regarding the Fani,” said Salam.

M Fahad Karim, the CEO of the K-Sports, who bought the title of the tournament, said that they agreed with the decision of the BFF when he said, “We have every respect to the decision of the BFF, as it all happened due to natural calamity. When there are millions of peoples of the coastal area are praying to escape from the attacks of the Fani  and all the people of the country are frightened, such a situation, it is right decision to call off the match.”

Manager of the Laos team, Galdansukh Tuvshinbayar who attended the press meet replying to a query said, “Of course we are happy, it was a combined decision of the Local Organising Committee, tournament committee and the match commissioner.”   

Both the teams will receive $20,000  each and a trophy will be given to each team.

BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag informed that the sponsor company (K-Sports) have already ordered for another trophy in London and it would be sent to Laos.     

Meanwhile, Bangladesh players, who were warming up at the athletic turf at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, after coming to know the decision of joint championship celebrated with waving their hands to rain-soaked crowds.

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