Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin has promised footballers that he would take an amicable decision regarding local players' contracts with the clubs for 2019-20 season, which has already been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Some 25 players including national booters Mamunul Islam, Tapu Barman, Yeasin Khan, Asharaful Islam Rana, Raihan Hasan and Saad Uddin yesterday met the BFF president at the federation headquarters with the hope of finding a solution over the settlement of their contracts with the clubs. The clubs have not resolved contract issues with the local players despite ending the matter with foreign players in line with FIFA-prescribed mutual understanding process.
"We talked about two things. The first thing is the players' current contracts with the clubs. The second thing that we talked about was getting the next season started within the next two months as the players have been suffering financially with no footballing activities in the last four months," Mamunul Islam said after the meeting.
"The BFF president told us that he would talk with the clubs before taking a pleasant decision so that neither the clubs nor the players suffer," Mamunul said, adding that they are even ready to scarify some portion of their salaries.
BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag said that the BFF president asked the national footballers to join the national camp before any talk with the clubs.
"The players said that they are hearing whispers that they would have to play for their respective clubs with the previous contracts. Demanding new contracts for new season, the players requested the BFF president to uphold the players' interest. The president told them that both players and clubs have to sacrifice in this regard," Shohag said, adding that the players also sought for guidelines from the BFF.
The BFF general secretary also informed that the players would place their proposals in black and white within a few days.