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12:00 AM, April 11, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 11, 2009

MSC to go limited

Super Cup heroes honoured


Top-Bottom: Mohammedan's Nigerian striker Alamu Bukola (front) dances on the stage as his teammates cheer during a reception at the club premises yesterday.
Mohammedan Sporting Club president Mosaddek Ali (L) shakes hands with coach Maruful Haque at a reception at the club premises yesterday.Photo: STAR

Mohammedan Sporting Club yesterday accorded a hearty and warm reception to their Super Cup heroes and also promised better future for the most popular club in the country.
Despite missing out the B. League glory for the second successive year, the Moha-mmedan footballers bagged Tk one-crore as prize money of the richest ever tournament in the country last month.
And the club paid respect to the booters and coaching staff by giving them 25 percent of the prize money as bonus.
Each of the 25 members of the Super Cup champion team received a cheque of Tk one lakh and crests and club officials announced they would go all out for the professional league title in the next season.
The programme started without the top Black and Whites, who had to attend the national team's training camp, but when the footballers entered the club premises along with national team's Brazilian coach Edson 'Dido' Silva, Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin and his colleagues, the 1,000-strong audience that gathered at the tiny training ground gave a standing ovation.
Mohammedan president Mosaddek Ali, who was chief guest, declared that they will make Mohammedan a limited company within the next three months.
"We want to do this for the development of the club. There's a meeting of the club's governing body where it would be discussed," said Mosaddek.
He also informed that the Caretaker Government had allotted them 25 acres of land where the club would build a stadium.
"We have been allotted a piece of land in Savar. As soon as we get possession, we will start the works.
"Once companies used to crowd the club for sponsoring Mohammedan but things have changed recently. It is also difficult to say in the morning where our team would in the afternoon as we don't have a permanent practice ground. Its unfortunate but we need the government to look after these problems.
"Still we think that if our team try hard like this year, we will get better results in the coming years. I also believe that the way Kazi Salahuddin is leading football's revival, its bound to improve. We all need to extend our support to him."
Mohammedan captain Arman Aziz, also a key player in the national team, also praised the BFF for its activities.
"The BFF is doing its duty. Now we, the players, have to perform to keep football on the track," the midfielder said.
"I am very happy to see Mohammedan arranging this programme for the players," said Salahuddin.
"I belong to all the clubs and hope they will continue their support for football," the BFF chief added.
Maruful Haque, who led Mohammedan to win Federation Cup and the Super Cup, described the problems he faced during a gruelling season.
"We had won the Federation Cup early in the season with less than 70 percent fitness. During the B. League we were at the peak but still finished runners-up," said coach Maruf.
"During the Super Cup, it was below 50 and I never let the players realise that. I did whatever I could do to keep their morale up. Only because of their never-say-die spirit, we won the Super Cup. The credit goes to my players," added the coach, who has yet to get a renewal of his contract, which ended on March 31.
Mohammedan general secretary Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan told that Mohammedan want to keep consistency in terms of success.
"Since 1936, we have been the most successful club in the country. Now our target is to reach Asian standard," said Lokman.
Although the players and staff suffered from payment troubles throughout the season, football team manager Amirul Islam Babu informed that all the players received their dues in the morning.
"They are also getting the bonus the club management had promised earlier. Now I request the club high-ups to take necessary steps to strengthen the squad for the coming season. We haven't won the B. League yet and it should be our prime target in the coming season," said Babu.
The Mohammedan fans later enjoyed a cultural programme, featuring the Close Up-1 stars, which rounded off the show.

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