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Much-awaited BFF Election Saturday

  • Published at 10:37 pm October 2nd, 2020
The BFF House in Motijheel, Dhaka Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

139 delegates from different clubs, organizations, district and divisional football associations will cast votes from 2pm to elect the executive committee of BFF for the next four years

The much-talked about Bangladesh Football Federation Elective Congress 2020 is all set to be held at Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon in Dhaka Saturday.

A total of 139 delegates from different clubs, organizations, district and divisional football associations will start casting votes from 2pm to elect the new executive committee of BFF for the next four years. 

The 21-member committee comprises president, senior vice-president, four vice-presidents and 15 executive members. 

The voting will be followed by the Annual General Meeting, scheduled for 11am to 1pm.

The three-member election commission inspected the venues before announcing that their preparation is done. 

“We monitored the arrangements of BFF House and the election venue (Thursday) and (Friday). The advice and directions were given where it needed and we completed our preparation accordingly. We hope all voters will come in good health,” chief election commissioner Mejbah Uddin told reporters at the election venue Friday afternoon.

The number of candidates is 47. 

There are six independent candidates while the rest are contesting under two panels – Sammilito Parishad (combined panel), led by Kazi Salahuddin and distinguished favorites, and Samannay Parishad, which apparently has no particular leader so far.

Badal to return under Samannay panel?

Salahuddin may face stiff challenge from three-time vice-president Badal Roy, who earlier decided to withdraw from the poll due to health issues but later hinted of staying put, seeking votes on facebook to bring change in football.

Badal has not said anything straight but three-time BFF member Sheikh Mohammad Aslam, sitting currently at the top of Samannay panel as senior vice-president candidate, admitted that Badal will contest under their panel. 

The former superstar footballer told Dhaka Tribune, “We will raise Badal’s issue in the AGM. It was hidden before but we will disclose it (today).”

Who are the favorites?

Former national player and coach Shafiqul Islam Manik will be contesting for president post but his campaign seemed nothing more than a showdown. 

Salahuddin is still favorite to be elected as BFF chief for the fourth consecutive time, but it wouldn’t be as straightforward as thought due to Badal’s probable return.

Senior vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy was the only unopposed candidate during the 2016 election. 

This time he is facing Aslam but still remained favorite for the second top post. 

“Aslam was a great footballer but in terms of organizing capability, I believe the councilors will choose me,” said Murshedy.

Kazi Nabil Ahmed of Salahuddin-led panel is the most proven candidate for vice-president not only for his success stories, but also for his uncontroversial image. 

Three of his panel members – Imrul Hasan, Amirul Islam Babu and Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan – are contesting for VP post for the first time.

Executive member Babu has experience of election but he contested for member post only. 

Imrul is favorite because of his reputation for guiding new powerhouse Bashundhara Kings to the premier league title as the president of the club. 

Ataur is also a familiar face in sports as an organizer with potential sponsorship backing, which could attract the voters.

The three new faces for VP are expected to encounter tough competition from independent candidate and current VP Tabith Awal, Samannay candidate Mahiuddin Ahmed and new candidates Police FC president Sheikh Maruf Hasan and Mymensigh District Football Association president Reduwan Fuad.

Salahuddin-led panel are also favorites for the 15 member posts where it has the experienced duo Harunur Rashid and Satyajit Das Rupu, who were elected in the last three terms. 

Mahiuddin Ahmed Selim, Iqbal Hossain, Bijon Barua and Ilias Hossain are also two-time members. 

Mahfuza Akter Kiron could also retain her post as the only female candidate in the election. 

Samannay also has some experienced faces like Hasanuzzaman Khan, Fazlur Rahman Babul and Arif Hossain Moon.

Meanwhile, no officials from Fifa or AFC will be present at the venue to observe the election. 

AFC will observe the AGM and election through video streaming, informed BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag.

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