Gold Cup in October?
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has announced a tentative timeline for hosting the Bangabandhu Gold Cup from October 1-15, just two weeks after the completion of the SAFF Suzuki Cup in Dhaka.
The game's governing body deferred its annual international calendar for the fourth time since the completion of the last edition of Bangabandhu Gold Cup in January 2016. The BFF had previously shown different causes for the deferment of the tournament such as unavailability of participants and needing more time to invite foreign teams.
In its meeting yesterday, the BFF executive committee also decided to sell all the rights of the tournament to the K Sports, who will provide one crore taka to the BFF and bear all expenditures related to holding the six-nation tournament involving teams like Afghanistan, Nepal and Palestine.
It was also decided that general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag -- who had allegedly threatened BFF vice president Badal Roy not to enter the BFF House -- would be awarded a three-year contract. Later, a section of former footballers staged a protest demanding Shohag's resignation due his threats towards Roy.
"We have examined every detail of the issue of Badal Roy. There were a few misunderstandings, which have now been cleared," said probe committee chairman and BFF senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy, adding that BFF president Kazi Salahuddin would soon sit with the agitating former footballers to explain the matter.
However, a BFF member seeking anonymity said that Shohag was warned by the executive committee following his apology to Badal and interestingly it was Badal who proposed the extension to Shohag's contract.
The meeting also gave Paul Smalley, the strategic and technical director of BFF, another year's contract following the completion of his two-year agreement.