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Salahuddin seeks government support for national team

  • Published at 08:23 pm November 14th, 2020
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin briefs the media in Dhaka Saturday

Salahuddin said they need to play more international friendlies in order to improve their ranking and for them to do that, they need more funds and government support

Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin has sought more support from the government to raise the standard of the national team, as well as to progress in the Fifa ranking.

Salahuddin, the head of the country’s football governing body for 12 years now, talked to the reporters at his office a day after Bangladesh’s 2-0 win over Nepal during the first match of the two-game Mujib Barsho Fifa Football Series.

Bangladesh (187) are 17 places below Nepal (170) in the latest Fifa ranking but the difference was not evident during the clash, considering the visitor’s lack of preparation time and absence of key squad members.

Salahuddin said they need to play more international friendlies in order to improve their ranking and for them to do that, they need more funds and government support.

“Winning two games are not enough; you have to play 20 matches. If you even lose 16 games and win four then it improves the ranking, so there is problem in funds to play more games,” said Salahuddin.

“Football is a game played by 211 countries. If you want to develop here you need federation, players, club, media, general public along with the government.”

Bangladesh football team head coach Jamie Day expressed contentment after a comfortable win over Nepal but warned his disciples not to get carried away ahead of the second friendly, scheduled for Tuesday.

Posted by Sports Tribune on Friday, 13 November 2020

The former football superstar continued, “If government comes ahead to support, the next step will be more positive. It will be question of time Bangladesh will play top-category football.”

The government last year for the first time allocated Tk20 crores per year for the development of football. 

It cost BFF more than Tk1 crore to organize the two-game friendly series according to national team management committee who also announced Tk10 lakhs as reward to inspire the team after Friday’s win.

“We had internally faced many problems to organize such matches. There was objection from the board to spend the fund in these matches because I have league and many tournaments. But I forced that we must play these games,” said Salahuddin.

Before getting elected as the BFF chief for the fourth time, Salahudin-led combined panel set its target in the manifesto to take Bangladesh’s ranking to around 150.

“Winning or losing is no matter, if we don’t play we would never know where we are going. The more we give the players facility the closer we will be to reach the destination (150th),” Salahuddin replied to a different query.

Bangladesh made a happy return to competitive football after a long Covid-19 pause as they defeated Nepal 2-0 in the...

Posted by Sports Tribune on Friday, 13 November 2020

After the game against Nepal Friday evening, national team head coach Jamie Day desired to play more friendlies matches against top teams in Qatar before facing the Asian champion on December 4. 

BFF is trying to arrange a couple of practice games against top-flight Qatari clubs. 

Day felt that it they can play opponents like South Korea, Costa Rica or clubs from AFC Cup they can raise their level closer to the Qatar game.

Salahuddin made no comment regarding friendlies in Qatar but hoped for a respectable show there. 

“We have three weeks left for the Qatar game which is not enough time because Qatar started training three-four months ago. Qatar are World Cup host and also Asian champion so it will be a very difficult match. I hope the boys will play respectably,” the 66-year old concluded.

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