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9 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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BFF introduces new tournament for youths

Clear Men U-17 football tournament from March 25
Sports Reporter
BFF introduces new tournament for youths
BFF President Kazi Mohammed Salahuddin (C) opens Clear Men Bangladesh U-17 National Football Championship at a hotel in the capital yesterday. COURTESY PHOTO

The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to support the Clear Men  Bangladesh U-17 National Football Championship to inspire young footballers across the country.
BFF president Kazi Mohammed Salahuddin formally opened the tournament by kicking a football at a lively function held at a hotel in the capital yesterday.
BFF senior vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedi, BFF member Sawkat Ali Khan Jahangir, BFF women’s wing chairperson Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Sohag and senior officials of Unilever Bangladesh were also present on the occasion. The tournament will be held in four phases.
The first phase will take place on March 25–31 in Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions, while The second phase will follow from April 2 to April 8 in Barisal and Khulna. The third phase in Chittagong and Sylhet will be held on April 10–16. The last phase will take place on April 18–24 in Dhaka and Mymensingh.
The tournament committee will organise the final round with the 16 best teams of the tournament. The best 26 players of the tournament, selected by BFF coaches, would get the chance to attend a boot-camp organised by the federation.
Clear Men No 1 Shampoo, a Unilever product, conceived the concept of organising a football tournament for schoolboys. It recently put forward the idea to the BFF.  The tournament would be held to develop the game and to create opportunities by nurturing young and promising players.
Nafees Anwar, director (personal care) of the Unilever Bangladesh Ltd, had a fruitful discussion with the BFF high-ups and agreed to organise the tournament for five years by considering the success of the tournament in the first year.
Kazi Salahuddin appreciated the idea of Unilever Bangladesh. He said the federation was actively thinking to hold a tournament for  schoolboys and then Unilever came forward with the proposal.
“I think this tournament will certainly develop and popularise the game in the country. I hope some of the successful players would get ready to represent the nation in the next FIFA World Cup to be held in Doha in 2022,” he added.
Kazi Salahuddin said the BFF would include 20 successful players of the tournament in the national under-16 camp.
“I can tell you football is still the most popular game in the country, though a certain section wish to portray another particular game as the most popular. You see that the particular game is being played by seven to eight countries, while football is being played by 211 countries all over the world,” he added.
Nafees Anwar echoed Salahuddin’s words.
“I think about 2,500 schools would participate in the tournament. More young players would come forward; they are avid fans of Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the global brand ambassador of Clear Men Shampoo,” he added.
He also said that the successful footballers in the tournament would get a chance to represent the nation in future.

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