The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is mulling whether to hold the Bangabandhu Gold Cup after the completion of Bangladesh’s Qatar World Cup and China Asian Cup Qualifying fixture against Oman on November 14.
The games’ local governing body had earlier announced that the fifth edition of the international tournament would start this month but they were forced to shift it to November in order to pave the way for the ongoing 3rd Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup in Chittagong.
“Everything will be finalised within the next week after we discuss the matter at our next executive committee meeting,” said BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, adding that they had kept the last 10 days of November to hold the Bangabandhu Gold Cup.
Although neither the participants nor the number of teams has been decided, it is expected that the BFF would have a hard time convincing teams currently engaged in the ongoing World Cup and Asian Cup Qualifiers to participate. In that case, there are six available national sides who failed to make it to those qualifiers.
The BFF will hold its annual general meeting (AGM) on November 16, two days after the Bangaldesh-Oman match in Seeb and it is expected that councilors may heat up the AGM with the issue of the BFF’s alleged financial irregularities, which were made by two sitting vice-presidents. If that happens, the AGM may clear the path to hold the next BFF polls.