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12:00 AM, January 30, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:53 AM, March 08, 2015

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Popular singer Mila Islam enthrals the packed crowd at the Sylhet District Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup yesterday. PHOTO: STAR
Popular singer Mila Islam enthrals the packed crowd at the Sylhet District Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup yesterday. PHOTO: STAR

Nihar Ranjan, one of two commentators flown in from India by the official broadcasters Channel 9, revealed something interesting during a casual chat. The footballer-turned-commentator claimed he coaches a team of the West Bengal prisoners, where a Bangladeshi boy named Robin is the main goalkeeper. However, his prediction about the opening match was emphatic. "I have watched Malaysia's training yesterday [Wednesday], they are nothing special. Bangladesh will win by at least three goals, you will see," hoped the microphone-man from across the border.

Mila the show-stopper

A brief cultural show preceded the kick-off, the highlight of which was singer Mila Islam. The pop artist raced towards the galleries as the spectators joined in the chorus to her popular songs. There was also a song performed by Sylhet's own Shuvra Dev and two tribal dance performances.

The Uninspired Pigeons

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, officially inaugurated the 11-day event, releasing balloons and a kit of pigeons. But the pigeons were in no mood to fly. Let loose from a small basket and perhaps severely underfed, the pigeons limped in front of the guests. One of them even landed on the head of a photographer, much to the embarrassment of the organisers. The uninspired performance of the pigeons later rubbed off on the Bangladesh team too.

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