The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has formally placed a Tk 35 crore budget to the ministry for youth and sports for development of football when the BFF high-ups, led by president Kazi Salahuddin, met with the state minister Biren Shikdar and deputy minister Arif Khan Joy at their office yesterday.
The budget includes expenditure for the national teams, foreign coaches, participation in international tournaments, development of football academy, youth development and domestic competitions including women's football, but the time-frame for the budget expenditure was not made clear. The BFF officials informed that the sports ministry will decide whether the proposal will be placed before the Ministry of Finance as part of upcoming fiscal budget or will be placed before Executive Committee for National Economic Council as an annual project.
“I am happy that they have accepted our proposal which is logical, “It is not that we have realised it late rather there was communication gap with the previous sports minister. However, the new sports minister is very positive about seeing country's football go forward,” said Salahuddin after the meeting yesterday.
Salahuddin also requested the sports ministers to allocate the district stadiums to the District Football Associations (DFAs) for a certain period so that the district leagues can be held there.
“We have allocated budget to each DFA last season but a number of DFAs could not hold their respective leagues due to unavailability of district stadiums, which have now been allocated to the District Sports Associations (DSAs),” said Salahuddin.