The much-hyped annual general meeting (AGM) of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) went without any major incident as the event was held in an apparently cordial environment amid spontaneous presence of delegates at a resort in Gazipur yesterday.
The meeting, which was held for the first time in Kazi Salahuddin’s third term at office and first in three-and-a-half years, was expected to be a heated affair with opposing groups as well as a few members of the BFF executive committee previously raising issues with the financial report of the last three years. However, the reports were approved without any major objection while a budget worth Tk 41.59 crore for the next year was also passed.
A total of 135 delegates and councillors out of 138 attended the meeting.
Badal Roy, one of the vice-presidents of BFF who had raised allegation of financial irregularities, did not raise his voice while another one, Mohiuddin Ahmed, was not present at the meeting.
Chattogram Abahani director Tarafder Ruhul Amin, who is believed to be the candidate against Salahuddin for the president’s post in next year’s election, did not find much voice from his followers and eventually termed their stance as a ‘move for the greater good of football’.
The industrialist said, “On the request of BFF’s senior vice-president Salam Murshedy and in the greater interest of football, the councillors approved the financial reports of the three years. We are looking forward.”
Murshedy, who is also the chief of finance committee of the federation, admitted there were mistakes in the financial reports. “There may have been small mistakes/discrepancies in the reports. Some discrepancies may have arisen due to paying off of previous debts over the last three years. If the AGM is held every year, these issues will not arise.”
There was a plan of increasing number of voters for second division and third division league clubs, but the proposal was not presented at the meeting. A few councillors claimed, “The proposal to increase voters was not raised. The meeting even finished abruptly and the president did not deliver any speech.”
However, Salahuddin was happy with the atmosphere as he felt the meeting went very well. “The meeting was held in a peaceful environment. The reports have been passed by the councillors. The councillors had a few demands and we have tried to meet some of those demands. This is a football family and if everyone works like this, football will go ahead.”