Much ado about nothing!

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 17,2019


The Annual General Meeting of the Bangladesh Football Federation was held after a three-year break in Gazipur on Saturday without much chaos as councillors had approved a contentious audit report ‘for greater interest of country’s football.’

The AGM was held just months before the next election of the football governing body, due in April next year, as some 135 councillors and delegates from different associations, clubs and services, attended the event.

BFF president Kazi Salahuddin was expected to face some bitter questions after vice-president Badal Roy and Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi earlier pointed out financial irregularities in the audit report for the last three years.

Salahuddin was also criticised by the BFF group for not being able to hold any AGM in last three years as opposed to his election promise.

The federation held its last AGM was way back in April 30, 2016 when Salahuddin was also elected for the third time as president. 

‘I am highly impressed today. To me today it was a real football family. Everybody was positive and talked about the development of football,’ a relieved Salahuddin told reporters after the meeting.

‘For a long I heard different side talking, but today I have seen everyone is here for football. There might be some opposition to make controversy. It happens all over the world. But we have to run football avoiding the controversy,’ said Salahuddin.            

Tarafdar Ruhul Amin, the president of newly formed Bangladesh Football Club Association, who is expected to contest against Salahuddin in the next election, said they approved the audit report for greater interest.

 ‘‘Though we had some questions about the audit report we approved it for greater interest of country’s football without making any controversy,’ he said.

‘There were also some mistakes in the report, which we identified and they said they would correct it,’ said Amin, who is also the chairman of Saif Sporting Club. 

The AGM proposed a budget of taka 41.59 crore for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

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