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Uncertainty over premier league fixtures, venues

  • Published at 08:48 pm December 31st, 2018
BFF

The top-flight league was earlier scheduled to start after the season-opening Federation Cup, but the BFF had to defer the league until the new year due to the national polls, and held the Independence Cup instead

It’s been nearly two months that the new football season kicked off with the Federation Cup, but the BFF is still uncertain over when the Bangladesh Premier League would begin. 

The BFF expects to get the league underway during the middle of January.

The top-flight league was earlier scheduled to start after the season-opening Federation Cup, but the BFF had to defer the league until the new year due to the national polls, and held the Independence Cup instead.

It was later scheduled for the first week of January, but was deferred once again.

“We couldn’t finalise the premier league fixtures due to election, but the league will start during the middle of January. We will sit in a meeting soon this week to confirm the kick-off date,” said BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag Monday.

This time the premier league will feature 13 clubs with 156 matches and was earlier scheduled to take place in eight different venues - Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Gopalganj, Faridpur, Mymensingh, Nilphamari and Noakhali.

But the number of venues could be reduced after Sylhet District Football Association officially informed the BFF that they can’t host, while Chittagong Abahani Limited also verbally told the same, and want Dhaka as their home venue.

The new date of the premier league, as well as the confirmation on the venues, are likely to be finalised during the next professional league committee meeting this week.