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Tarafder not running for BFF president post

  • Published at 11:02 pm February 17th, 2020
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Tarafder Ruhul Amin

Ruhul Amin, also chairman of Saif Sporting Club and vice-president of Chattogram Abahani, officially announced his decision through a press conference Monday

Tarafder Ruhul Amin, secretary general of Bangladesh District and Divisional Football Association (BDDFA), has decided not to run for the post of president in the upcoming Bangladesh Football Federation Polls scheduled to be held in April this year.

Ruhul Amin, also chairman of Saif Sporting Club and vice-president of Chattogram Abahani, officially announced his decision through a press conference Monday.

“It is my personal decision not to run for the president post in the BFF Election 2020, because I want the betterment of the game. Lots of work has to be done to take football forward,” said Amin, who is also the president of the Bangladesh Football Club Association (BFCA) formed in early 2019.

“Those who are at the BFF and us at the grass-roots level are all working for the development of football. None of us want to see the downgrade of football in the country. I discussed the matter with the other leaders. There were some disagreements, but I was firm in my decision,” he added.

“There are a total 21 posts, not only that of president. We will sit with the district and divisional organizers and make a decision together. They will form a strong panel. At the end of the day, we all want to work for football,” Amin said in response to a query.

The withdrawal means current BFF President Kazi Salahuddin is set to run for the prestigious post for the fourth time in a row, with no competitor this time as yet. Salahuddin and Tarafder worked together during the 2016 Polls, where the former defeated parliament member Kamrul Ashraf Khan Poton by 33 votes to become the president for the third straight time.

Poton was nominated by an opposing panel under the banner of “Save Football,” only 15 days before Election Day. Tarafder, however, had begun his campaign much earlier and provided financial support for the development of district football before announcing his desire to compete for the president post in the upcoming polls.

“I want to thank him [Tarafder] for keeping faith in me,” Salahuddin said during an impromptu press conference at the BFF House yesterday afternoon. 

“Anybody can join the election if they are qualified. This time, I already announced my stance of running for the same post again, because I still have some work left to do,” he added.

“Everybody is welcome to work for football. My intention is to work with everyone contributing to the game. It is not like a club, we are working for the nation. Every nation that is developed in football works together with all its stakeholders,” the BFF president further said.

Salahuddin also assured that the BFF Election would be held before the April 30 deadline.