The proposed friendly match between Bangladesh and North Korea scheduled for May 14 in Dhaka has been cancelled, informed a Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) official yesterday.
It has been learnt that the agents who had come up with the proposal -- the Celebrity Management Group and the Pan Asia -- have conveyed the message to the BFF, citing 'logistical issues' for the cancellation of the match.
“The match is not taking place. Today the agents informed us that the North Korean team can't come in such a short time. They have also said that the team has reservations about the logistical support that the team might get” said BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, adding that the letter did not mention whether the lack of logistical support originated from the agents' side or the team's.
The BFF had reportedly received the proposal during the AFC Congress in Bahrain on April 28 through the agents, who had asked the BFF to arrange for the venue while promising to bear all the expenditures of the North Korean team including air fare, food and accommodation. The BFF had, after further discussions at home, agreed to the agents' proposal of hosting the match in Dhaka on May 14.
Meanwhile, Shohag also informed that BFF had communicated with its Indian counterparts for a friendly fixture here this month, but failed to get a positive response due to India's tight domestic schedule. Singapore, another team approached by the BFF, informed they would take a decision after discussing with their head coach.