Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football champions Bashundhara Kings completed their quota of four foreign booters for the ensuing football season (2020-21), confirming the signing of Iranian defender Khaled Shafiei in Asian quota.
The Kings already confirmed a deal with the 33-year-old Iranian defender Shafiei, but his official signing with the club will be held after his arrival in Dhaka, likely in the first week of October as the club’s 4th and last foreign player for the coming season.
Shafiei, who played in the Persian League for Sepahan FC and FC Seoul in the South Korean K-League, will be the replacement of Kings Argentine defender Nicholas Delmonte.
Earlier, Bashundhara Kings, recruited three forwards--Brazilians Robson Azevedo da Silva, Jonathan da Silveria Fernandes Reis and Argentine Hernan Barcos--and brought the trio in the capital on Sept 10 to join training camp for AFC Cup as well as for the ensuing football season, but the cancellation of the AFC Cup on the same day dealt a blow to them.
The country’s new domestic football season is likely to begin with the Federation Cup Football in the first week of December after completing the necessary registration formalities in October-November next.
Most of the club representatives, which earlier agreed to play the ensuing season (2020-21) without any foreign footballer, finally changed their stance in the last meeting and opined for allowing maximum four foreign booters for a team including one from Asia and all the four foreign footballers will be entitled to play in a match for the team.
In the last season (2019-20), all the participating teams were entitled to recruit maximum five foreign players and four of them were allowed to play in a match.
Former national footballer KM Nowsheruzzaman, also a member of Swadhin Bangla Football team, is on life support at a city hospital with Corona Virus (Covid-19)
He was admitted to the Ibne Sina Hospital in Kallyanpur area of the city on September 7 as his health condition turned worse.
Later, Nowsher was shifted to ICU of the hospital on the following day (Sept 8) as his condition further deteriorated and now he is
on life support there.
BFF president Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin, in media release on Saturday, sought blessing from all for his recovery and expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for bearing entire expenses of his (Nowsher) treatment.
"We are always monitoring his latest health condition," he added.
Nowsheruzzaman, a blue of Dhaka University, played for Bangladesh National Football team, club teams like Dhaka Mohammedan, Victoria SC, Dhaka Wanderers Club, Wari Club, Fire Services and WAPDA, apart from taking part in the Liberation War as member of Swadhin Bangla Football team .
The new football season will begin with the Federation Cup Football in the first week of December after completing the inter-club players transfer formalities in October-November next.
Most of the club representatives, which earlier demanded to play the coming season without any foreign footballer, finally changed their stance and opined for allowing maximum four foreign booters for a team including one from Asia and all of them will be entitled to play in a match for the team.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the professional league committee on Thursday with committee Chairman Abdus Salam Murshedy in the chair.
In the last season, all the participating teams were entitled to recruit maximum five foreign players and four of them were allowed to play in a match.
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The meeting also decided that all footballers played in the last league (2019-2020) will have to play again in their old clubs in the coming season as the last league was abandoned due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. But a player can change his team with mutual understanding with the club.
All the clubs agreed to pay hundred percent of the players’ remuneration for the last (abandoned) season as per contract, but they will pay only 25 percent of the last the years’ amount for the coming season (2020-2021).
The ensuing league matches will be held in three to four venues in Dhaka. Mymensingh, Comilla and Gopalganj will be the probable venues apart from Dhaka.
Bangladesh remained at their previous 187th position with 914 points among 210 countries in the FIFA Coca-Cola World Ranking published on Thursday.
Among the eight South Asian countries, Bangladesh was placed 5th after India (109th), Afghanistan (149th), the Maldives (155th) and Nepal (170th).
India topped the list among the South Asian countries despite losing a point.
But Bangladesh is ahead of Bhutan (189th), Pakistan (200th) and Sri Lanka (206th).
Top four countries of the world – Belguim (1st), world champions France (2nd), Brazil (3rd) and England (4th) – maintained their previous rankings.
Portugal advanced to the 5th slot in the current world ranking adding two more points to their credit, Spain was placed 7th adding one more point while Argentina is in the 9th place with their previous points.
The last FIFA World Ranking was published in last April.
Bangladesh District and Divisional Football Association and Football Club Association formed a panel named “Samonnya Parishad” to contest the BFF Election 2020 to be held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel on October 3.
Sheikh Aslam, Mohiuddin Mohi and Sheikh Maruf-led panel will compete in 19 posts out of 21, except president and one vice president, against the sitting president Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin–led 21-member Sammillita Parishad panel making the BFF election exciting one.
The Samonnya Parishad failed to give candidate for the hot seat of BFF president as the long serving BFF vice president Badal Roy withdrew his candidature (after expiry of date line) for the supreme post of BFF due his critical health condition.
However, the name of Badal Roy will be included in the ballot paper as president candidate alongwith Kazi Salahuddin and Shafiqul Islam Manik for his late withdrawal. Now, it will be open for the councilors to vote for any of the three president candidates.
Moreover, three candidates--Mohiuudin Ahmed Mohi, Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hasan and SM Abdullah Al Fuad Redwan—will compete from Samonnoya Parishad in the four posts of vice president in the ensuing BFF polls.
Former national striker Sheikh Mohammad Aslam who earlier challenged sitting senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy MP in the post, will lead the Samonnoya Parishad, in absence of president candidate.
Earlier on last Sunday (Sept 13), the chief election commissioner Mesbah Uddin, officially published the final candidates list with ballot numbers, including Badal Roy, who submitted a late withdrawal application, as one of the three candidates for the hot seat of BFF President.
As per final candidate list, 47 candidates will compete for the 21 posts of the BFF Executive Committee--three for the hot seat of president, two for the senior vice president, eight for vice president and 34 for executive members in the BFF Poll to be held on October 3.
Some 139 councilors of BFF will exercise their voting right to elect one president, one senior vice president, four vice presidents and 15 EC members from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital, followed by its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the same venue on the day.
Salahuddin, who has ruled the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) for the last twelve years as president, will face a challenge from his fellow ex-national footballer, as well as ex-national coach Shafiqul Islam Manik, apart from Badal Roy.
Manik, 52, who trained national football team and a number of leading BPL teams, surprisingly came to scenario in the last moment collecting nomination paper for the hot seat of BFF on the last day of nomination distribution on the last day, somehow made the BFF election meaningful after prospective candidate Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin declined to compete in BFF Election '20 in the dying moment.
Final candidate lists with ballot number (in bracket):
President: Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin (1), Badal Roy (2), Md Shahfiqul Islam Manik (3).
Senior Vice President: Abdus Salam Murshedy MP (1), Sheikh Mohammad Aslam (2).
Vice President: Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi (5), Tabith Awal (4), Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hasan (8), SM Abdullah Al Fuad Ridwan (2), Kazi Nabil Ahmed MP (3), Amirul Islam Babu (1), Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan Manik (6), and Imrul Hasan (7) .
EC member: Abdul Wadud Pintu (3), Mohammad Sabbir Hosssin (14), Mohidur Rahman Miraj (11), Manjurul Ahsan (10), Imtiaz Sultan Jony (18), Hazi Mohammad Rafiq (25), ANM Aminul Haque Mamun (20), Arif Hosssin Moon (16), Mohammad Saiful Islam (24), Syed Mustaq Ali Mukul (32), Mohammad Ameer Khan (15) , Hazi Tipu Sultan ( 8), Shahkawat Hosssin Bhuiyan Shahin (31), Fazlur Rahman Babul (21), Hasnuzzaman Khan Bablu (28), Saifur Rahman Moni (23), Mizanur Rahman,(13), Zakir Hossain Chowdhury (7) , Raihan Kabir (26), Harun ur Rashid (34), Shawkat Ali Khan Jahangir (27) Satyajit Das Rupu (30), Elias Hosssin (19), Bijon Barua (9), Amit Khan Shuvro (1), Iqbal Hossain (17), Mohiuddin Ahmed Salim (22), Mahfuza Akhter Kiron (12), Asaduzzaman Mithu (4), Kamrul Hasan Hilton (6), Syed Riazul Karim (33), Imtiaz Hamid Sabuj (5), Nurul Islam Nuru (20), Shakil Mahmud Chowdury (29),
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin-led 21-member Sammillita Parishad panel are:
President: Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin, Sr Vice President: Abdus Salam Murshedy MP,
Vice presidents: Kazi Nabil Ahmed MP, Amirul Islam Babu, Imrul Hasan and Ataur Rahman Manik.
Members: Harun ur Rashid, Shawkat Ali Khan Jahangir, Satyajit Das Rupu, Elias Hosssin, Bijon Barua, Amit Khan Shuvro, Iqbal Hossain, Mohiuddin Ahmed Salim , Md Zakir Hossain, Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, Asaduzzaman Mithu, Kamrul Hasan Hilton, Syed Riazul Karim, Imtiaz Hamid Sabuj and Nurul Islam Nuru.
Samonnoya Parishad Panel:
Senior Vice President: Sheikh Mohammad Aslam .
Vice President: Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi, Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hasan and SM Abdullah Al Fuad Ridwan.
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EC members: Abdul Wadud Pintu , Mohammad Sabbir Hosssin, Mohidur Rahman Miraj , Manjurul Ahsan , Imtiaz Sultan Jony, Arif Hosssin Moon, Mohammad Saiful Islam , Syed Mustaq Ali Mukul, Mohammad Ameer Khan , Hazi Tipu Sultan, Fazlur Rahman Babul, Hasnuzzaman Khan Bablu, Mizanur Rahman, ANM Aminul Haque Mamun and Shakil Mahmud Chowdury ,