All eyes on October 22 meeting
With just 10 days remaining to the deadline for the inter-club players' transfer window and none of the ten clubs turning up, the October 22 meeting of the Players' Status Committee of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) may break the deadlock.
The window, which opened on August 24, has been extended till October 30 from its initial deadline of October 20, but none of the clubs have so far responded.
One of the reasons for the no-show by the clubs has been the ongoing crisis over six players -- Zahid Hossain, Mamun Mia, Nahidul Islam, Shakil Ahmed, Mithun Chowdhury and Shariful Islam -- who have been alleged by more than one club of taking money even before the transfer window opened. Four clubs, namely Mohammedan SC, Abahani, Sheikh Jamal DC and Sheikh Russel KC -- are in the thick of things in this player-owning issue.
Mohammedan have sent a letter to BFF on September 10 accusing five of those players of taking money from them but committing to other clubs later.
Zahid, Mamun and Nahidul played for Sheikh Russell last season, but reportedly took money from Mohammedan before ultimately deciding to stay with Sheikh Russel.
Shakil, who was a Sheikh Jamal player last season, allegedly took money from Mohammedan but committed to Sheikh Russell while Shariful Islam of Mohammedan committed to Abahani despite allegedly taking money from his former club.
Meanwhile, a show-cause notice has been served by Sheikh Russell to their former captain Mamunul Islam, who allegedly committed to play for Sheikh Jamal even before the end of last season.