Last world cup, Amzad made a 3km German flag
With the football World Cup 2018 season coming up, Bangladeshis have started showing their dedication and loyalty towards their favourite teams in unique, and oftentimes, bizarre ways.
In the last World Cup, Amzad from Ghoramara village of Sadar upazila in Magura, came to national attention after making a 3km-long flag of Germany, his favoured team. This year, he exceeded last time’s achievement by making a 5.5km-long flag.
Amzad had to undergo hardship for this display of affection. Just like last time, he had to sell off some land to pay the cost of making the flag. But rather than being deterred, Amzad dreams of making a 22km-long flag for the 2022 World Cup.
Magura district has already started participating in the craze surrounding the upcoming World Cup scheduled to begin from June 14 in Russia. But Amzad’s love for Germany surpasses that of die-hard Brazil-Argentina fans.
Rumours of his fandom traveled hundreds of miles and reached Germany, and after Germany won the cup last time, the German ambassador in Bangladesh visited Amzad’s house and made him an honorary member of the German fan club. His 3km-long flag was displayed in Magura Stadium.
However, in Amzad’s words, none of his activities are done for recognition or honour. Last time, he invested Tk2.5 lakh behind the flag by selling off his property. This year, he is extending the flag to 5.5km with his own money, along with some borrowed money.
The tailoring is taking place in Meherpur. His flag will be put on display in the playground of Ghoramara school on June 5.
“It is my dream to be alive till 2022,” said Amzad. “If that happens, I will make a 22km long German flag that will stretch from Magura to Jessore.”