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Salahuddin-led panel announces manifesto

  • Published at 09:36 pm September 20th, 2020
Sammilito Parishad, or Combined Panel, featuring among others Kazi Salahuddin, Kazi Nabil Ahmed, Abdus Salam Murshedy and Mahfuza Akter Kiron, pose for photographs on the occasion of announcing their election manifesto at Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka Sunday, ahead of the much anticipated BFF Polls Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

The manifesto is divided into five parts – national team, domestic football, women’s football, development project and technical portion

Sammilito Parishad, or Combined Panel, led by three-time Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin, announced the election manifesto in Dhaka Sunday, ahead of the much-awaited BFF Polls 2020 on October 3.

Strengthening the national team and improvement in world ranking, transforming the domestic calendar and structure into fixed format, organizing more countrywide age-group tournaments and upgrading the infrastructures are some of the key points in the manifesto.

“It’s continuation of what we have done in previous years,” said Salahuddin in the programme held at the capital’s Pan Pacific Hotel Sonargaon, where the election and Annual General Meeting, originally scheduled for April 20, will take place.

A total 47 candidates will vie for 21 posts of the executive committee of the country’s football governing body for the next four years, including one president and senior vice-president, four vice-presidents and 15 members. 

Salahuddin will be contesting for the chief post for the fourth time.

Abdus Salam Murshedy is also favorite to be elected as senior VP for the fourth time. 

Murshedy said they prepared the panel picking representatives from all football sectors, from clubs to districts and divisions.

The four-page manifesto is divided into five parts – national team, domestic football, women’s football, development project and technical portion. 

Here are the excerpts.

National team

The first point in the manifesto says long-term realistic plans would be prepared for the national team. 

The pledge was made to appoint high-profile coaching staff and ensure modern training facilities and technology like player monitoring software, health monitoring and match analysis software.

Other points include taking plans and initiatives to get close to 150th place in the Fifa ranking, and 90th in the women’s world ranking, and regaining the glory in the Saff Championship and South Asian Games by October 2024.  

It also pledged to host Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Tournament every year.

Salahuddin will vie for the president's role while Murshedy will contest the senior vice president's post Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Domestic football

The country’s top-flight league couldn’t follow a fixed calendar in the last 12 years, let alone the lower-tier ones. 

The panel included it among the first priorities before preparing the manifesto.

“Initiatives will be taken to start the transfer window and complete the fixtures on fixed dates every year,” says the statement.

Other points include combined initiatives to hold district league with proper format every year and allotting District Sports Associations money for this purpose, digitalizing players transfers and registrations and bringing 1st, 2nd and 3rd division clubs under club licensing system.

It also pledged to organize Bangabandhu National Championship and Sheikh Kamal U-18/19 National Championship every year with the participation of district and divisional football associations, universities, education board and service teams. 

A new age-group tournament titled Sheikh Russel U-10 National Junior Championship would also be held across the country every year.

Women’s football

Salahuddin’s committee deserves special recognition for grooming and patronizing talented young footballers who wrote immense success stories in women’s football in the last half a decade.

“Upholding the continuance of age-group success and a strong national women’s team will be built through long-term plans, and necessary initiatives will be taken,” states the manifesto, adding that, it will work to win the Saff Women’s Championship and SAG.

Women’s Football League kicked off last March after a gap of seven years. 

The panel wants to prepare a fixed calendar for the WFL and other tournaments as well.

Nabil will run for one of the four vice president's posts Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Development projects

The BFF boss admitted in the question and answer session that the country has not one dedicated football stadium, and it was through personal contact that some international matches were hosted in the recent past.

His manifesto said it will seek government’s support to increase the number of international standard stadiums and ensure international facilities at minimum four venues and essential facilities at the home venues of Bangladesh Premier League clubs. 

Artificial turfs in Arambagh and Kamalapur will be reinstalled after their expiration date.

It also pledges to establish a modern gym at the BFF House by December, 2021.

Technical Center

The panel wants to set up football centers in every division in order to provide international-standard non-residential training facilities to players. 

BFF Technical Centre will be built to give year-long training to the players outside Dhaka under Fifa Forward Project.

It also pledges to carry on the BFF Fortis Academy project, and include there talented players from government-funded countrywide primary and secondary school tournaments.  

The private and personal-funded academies across the country are to be incorporated into Academy Accreditation Scheme and organize academy competition every year.

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