The budget of the meet is estimated to be Tk10 crore with the champion receiving $50,000
Six teams from India, Maldives and host Bangladesh have so far been confirmed to play the third edition of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup as the official preparation of the mega event began with the announcement of an 18-member organizing committee in Dhaka Wednesday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the chief patron of the only international club tournament of the country, while Finance Minister AFM Mustafa Kamal was made the chairman of the organizing committee.
It was initially thought that the Fifa tier-2 tournament will be held with eight teams, but the event’s chief coordinator Tarafdar Mohammad Ruhul Amin hinted during a press conference that the number of participating clubs could be around eight to 10 clubs.
Two Kolkata-based clubs from India – Mohun Bagan AC and Kolkata Mohammedan SC - one from Maldives – TC Sports, and three from the host nation – Abahani Limited, Bashundhara Kings and Chittagong Abahani Limited - are almost certain to take part in the event, scheduled to be held at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong from October 19-31.
Amin informed that East Bengal FC have not confirmed their participation yet, but the other two clubs from Kolkata have finalized their presence.
The Three Star Club of Nepal verbally agreed to participate, but are yet to get clearance from the federation.
The third edition of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup, organized by Bangladesh Football Federation and Chittagong Abahani Limited, will be held from October 19-30 this year.https://t.co/yErTsiyYkd#FOOTBALL #BANGLADESH #BANGLADESHFOOTBALL #BFF #SHEIKH #KAMAL #CLUBCUP— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) August 25, 2019
Talks with clubs from Malaysia and Thailand are also ongoing.
Amin also talked about their preparation of venue.
“We want to make the tournament more colorful this time. We wanted to get the stadium from August 16 to start the renovation, and National Sports Council gave us time from September 1. After that, we will start the renovation work of the gallery, playground, floodlights, dressing room, press box and others. The work to improve the pitch will start from October 1,” said Amin.
The budget of the meet is estimated to be Tk10 crore with the champion receiving $50,000.
The runners-up will be awarded $25,000, while every team will get $10,000 as participation money.