In a bid to bring the talented footballers into the limelight and take them to the national level, the tournament will see the participation of more than 272 school teams around the country
Six best players from the second edition of the Clear Men Bangladesh U-17 Championship 2019, scheduled to kick off on September 15, will get the chance to experience a trip to the home ground (Etihad Stadium) of the English Premier League champion Manchester City, along with one-week training at the club.
In a bid to bring the talented footballers into the limelight and take them to the national level, the tournament will see the participation of more than 272 school teams around the country.
Top 16 teams from the knockout-basis opening round will qualify for the final round in Dhaka, scheduled for October 22-30, after which the best 36 booters from the tournament will get the opportunity to join a three-week long training camp.
This information was revealed during a press conference at a city hotel Thursday where the jersey and trophy of the tournament were also unveiled.
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin, Unilever Bangladesh Limited’s marketing director of personal care Nafees Anwar and CEO of Transsion Bangladesh Ltd Rezwanul Huq joined the occasion.
Fashion house Sailor is also involved with the event.
“Tecno (a brand of Transsion) is a global brand that sponsors the Man City team. We will take top six players from this meet to Man City, show them the ground, introduce them with City players and they will have the opportunity to watch City’s home game, so that they can feel inspired after experiencing the top level of football,” Rezwanul told reporters.
On behalf of the title sponsor, Nafees said, “There was a great response from the first tournament in 2018 where more than 2,500 potential footballers were able to showcase their talent. We were very inspired by the success of last year, thus we are really pleased to arrange this tournament for the second time in collaboration with BFF. We hope to discover more talented players through this tournament.”
BFF boss Salahuddin said, “I want to thank Unilever, Tecno and Sailor for stretching their hands for football. They have done a great job during the last edition. It is not the BFF’s job alone, everyone has to come forward to take football to the next level. Our scouts will be there and if we find any quality we will bring them to the academy.”