Former champions Sheikh Russel KC made 2nd consecutive draw in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football after playing goalless draw with Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society in their 2nd match at Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Earlier in the first match, Sheikh Russel KC shared points with Brothers Union Club at their home venue in Sylhet.
After two league matches, Sheikh Russel KC remained winless and secured two points while Rahmatganj MFS opened their account first with one point from two league outings.
Sheikh Russel KC dominated the day’s match for most of the proceeding and created some good scoring chances, but failed to gain its benefits.
Rahmatganj coach Syed Golam Jilani said they defended very well and sometime made good counter attack on the touring Sheikh Russel KC.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Vice-president Badal Roy has announced that he might vie for the BFF president post if there is no other candidate against present president Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin.
“I got a new lease of life (recovering from stroke). The Prime Minister gave me new life. I consider it my 2nd life. As long as I live and stay with football, I’ll always speak in favour of justice,” he told reporters at Mohammedan Club on Thursday.
Badal, also an award-winning footballer, criticised Salahuddin for his activities, saying, “I have been with him for almost 12 years. He has totally failed. He has no plan at all. I had done everything for the academy in Sylhet but he failed to keep it up. Players of that academy are now out of football. In the last 10 years, there was no success of national team as well.”
He thinks it is high time to change the BFF leadership. “There’s no reason to support Kazi Salahuddin. I’ll urge councillors not to vote for Salahuddin. I hope true football lovers and organisers will give a challenge to Salahuddin. If no one can do it, then I’ll stand against him.”
The former national footballer expressed his surprise over Tarafder Ruhul Amin’s decision not to vie for the post. “He (Tarafder) has been working with districts and clubs but all on a sudden, he announced to quit the president race. I think he was forced to take the decision because of heavy pressure.”
“Kazi Salahuddin says he is a friend of Sheikh Kamal although he didn’t do anything for Sheikh Kamal. Tarafder is a new football organiser but he organised Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup. I highly appreciate Ruhul Amin’s activities. The Prime Minister loves sports very much, especially football. In the last 10 years, many sectors were improved a lot. But only football saw no development due to the BFF leadership.”
Badal Roy was a coordinator of the Kazi Salahuddin panel in the BFF election in 2016. He was elected vice president of BFF for the 3rd consecutive time.
The BFF election will have to be held by April 30 next. Salahuddin declared himself as a president candidate for the fourth time.
Meanwhile, Tarafder Ruhul Amin recently decided not to take part in the election although he worked for this post for the last two years.
Defending champions Bashundhara Kings dropped points in their very 2nd match of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football after making 1-1 draw with newcomers Police FC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
After the day’s debacle, big budgeted Bashundhara Kings have secured four points from two matches while Police FC opened their account first in the country’s top football with lone point playing two matches. Saif SC dominated the league table securing 6 points from two matches.
After barren first half, national coloured forward Towhidul Alam Sabuz put national star studded Bashundhara Kings ahead in the 54th minute by a good placing shot from close, utilizing a pass from his team mate (1-0).
Police FC, promoted to the Premier League as the champions of Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) this season, equalized the margin in the 72nd minute by a suicidal goal (1-1). Kings defender Nurul Nayem Faisal sent the ball to his own net while he was trying to foil an attempt of Police FC (1-1).
Bashundhara Kings tried their level best to score match-winner but failed. Kings high profile foreign booters couldn’t impress the fans in the match as low budgeted Police FC fought bravely with their mighty rivals.
The foreign booters of Police FC created good pressure on Bashundhara Kings defense for several occasions where Kings goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico saved his castle brilliantly.
Pep Guardiola said he trusts Manchester City's Abu Dhabi ownership "completely" in its bid to overturn a two-year ban from European competitions and that he will be at the club next season "no matter what happens."
City is expected to file a formal challenge against the decision of a UEFA panel within days at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with club chief executive Ferran Soriano hoping for a ruling by the end of this season.
Speaking for the first time about the punishment handed down on Friday, Guardiola said he was confident "the truth will prevail."
"It's not finished. The club believes it's unfair so we are going to appeal. We are going to wait," said Guardiola, speaking after City's 2-0 win over West Ham in the Premier League. "All we can do is on the pitch and do what we have done the last four years and focus on that until the end of the season.
"I trust 100%, completely, my club what they have done. They explained to me the reasons why."
The futures of Guardiola and his superstar players have been the subject of much speculation in the wake of the punishment, but the Spanish coach said he remains committed to City.
"If they don't sack me, I will stay here 100% more than ever," Guardiola said. "First because I want to stay. It's something special, more than the contract I have. I said before, I say now I want to stay and help the club and maintain this level as long as possible."
"Why should I leave?" he added. "When I said I love this club, I like to be here, why should I leave? No matter what happens, I will be here next season."
A UEFA judging panel banned City from European competitions in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons for breaking financial monitoring rules and failing to fully cooperate with investigators. City was also fined 30 million euros ($33 million).
City denies wrongdoing, including that it overstated sponsorship deals linked to its Abu Dhabi ownership and disguised the source of other revenue.
Though appeals at CAS typically take about one year to resolve, Soriano targeted a verdict around May or June.
"We are looking for an early resolution obviously through a thorough process and a fair process so my best hope is that this will be finished before the beginning of the summer," the CEO said in an interview filmed and published by the club.
Sport's highest court can process fast-track cases if all parties agree to work on an accelerated timetable. City and UEFA can also reach an out-of-court settlement that CAS would ratify.
Evidence was detailed in internal club communications that appeared to be hacked and leaked to German magazine Der Spiegel, which published a series of reports in November 2018.
During UEFA's investigation, City won its fourth English Premier League title in eight seasons.
City failed with a previous appeal at CAS to block UEFA judges from taking on the investigators' case. Three CAS judges ruled that appeal was not valid last November.
Interview requests with club officials have been declined since UEFA announced the ban verdict.
"We have to be respectful as we have been of this process," Soriano said in the in-house interview, noting that "UEFA is much bigger" than the independent club finance panels which prosecuted and judged City's case.
City continues to play in this season's Champions League. It travels to face Real Madrid next Wednesday in the first leg of the round of 16.
Marcus Rashford's season and European Championship ambitions could be over after Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the striker will be out for at least "another few months" with a back injury.
Solskjaer initially expected Rashford to miss six weeks with the double stress fracture to his back sustained in an FA Cup replay against Wolverhampton last month.
However, he fears the England international could miss the rest of the season - and perhaps even Euro 2020.
"I would hope he's playing this season but it'll just be touch and go towards the end," Solskjaer said ahead of a Europa League match against Club Brugge in the round of 32.
"So hopefully we can go through and get through this tournament and prolong the season. It takes time. I'm not a doctor, but obviously I was hoping that he would recover quicker than it actually looks like he's going to be out for. So, another few months definitely."
Asked whether he would be in risk of missing Euro 2020, Solskjaer said: "Well, I would hope that he plays before then but we're not sure. So if he's not fit enough, he won't go."
With captain Harry Kane also injured and a doubt for the Euros, Solskjaer's update will be the last thing England manager Gareth Southgate would want to hear.
Rashford had been confident of being "back before the season ends" after sustaining the injury just days after coming off against Norwich in the Premier League with a back complaint.
Asked if there had been a setback, Solskjaer said: "He had a scan and it was maybe more severe, that fracture, than what we hoped for and expected because he felt fine the few days before that.
"I've never had anatomy (classes) in school so I didn't know it just takes that time to recover. But when he recovers, when he's healed, he'll be stronger for it, so it's important that we don't rush him. And we won't do that."