Fans want answer for football debacle

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:14, Oct 13,2016

 
 

Football fans protest in front of the Bangladesh Football Federation House on Thursday. — New Age photo

Dozens of football fans under the banner of ‘Bangladesh Football Supporters Forum’ on Thursday protested recent debacle of national football team in Bhutan and demanded the resignation of Bangladesh Football Federation officials including its president Kazi Salahuddin.
Bangladesh failed to qualify for the qualifying round of Asian Cup after a humiliating 1-3 loss to Bhutan on Monday in Thimpu in the second leg play-off, which also put Bangladesh in danger of missing out on any international matches in the next three-years.
The first ever loss to Bhutan has been considered as the lowest point in Bangladesh’s football history, triggering a huge outcry with fans taking on social media and streets to denounce the football officials and players.
‘We want an answer, why Bangladesh lost to Bhutan,’ readout a placard while another placard added, ‘Bangladesh football in life support, save it.’
Through another placard, fans asked the football officials after taking Bangladesh football how much low before they would consider quitting?
Later in a statement the agitating fans demanded an exemplary punishment of football officials, who they alleged as corrupt.
They also urged to take necessary steps to resume the football academy in Sylhet, which remained closed for the last one year due to lack of fund.
To inject the professionalism to the game, the fans also demanded the appointment of some real professionals in important posts like the team manager.
‘We saw some club officials force the BFF to appoint their preferred men as national team manager, which is not acceptable,’ said the statement.
‘We want to see a professional manager for the national team to stop favouritism,’ said the statement.
They placed 25 demands which also included the appointment of a permanent coach for the national team.
The BFF appointed coach in ad hoc basis in the recent, which they said cannot bring any good result.
National team’s Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet left Dhaka on Thursday night without any promise to return.
‘It is not the right time to talk about the contract because I failed to bring success for the national team,’ Saintfiet told reporters on Thursday.
‘I had not enough time to think about the future because it was a huge blow for me and everyone who love football in Bangladesh.
‘I love to work here and will discuss with my family about the future if BFF asks me to work here again.’ 

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