Footballers urge BFF to solve financial crisis

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:04, Jul 11,2020


Bangladesh national team goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana speaks during a discussion meeting with Bangladesh Football Federation officials on Saturday. — BFF photo

Bangladesh national team players on Saturday urged the Bangladesh Football Federation to solve the financial crisis of the players at all-level and start next season’s football league as soon as possible.

The players expressed their issues during a discussion meeting presided by BFF president Kazi Salahuddin at the BFF premises.

Twenty-seven players including seven from the national team, attended the meeting.

BFF technical committee chairman Tabith Awal,  vice-president and national team committee chairman Kazi Nabil Ahmed and general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag were also present on the occasion.

Local player’ livelihood suffered a jolt when the 12th edition of the Bangladesh Premier League was declared null and void by BFF on May 17 due to virus.

The players insisted BFF to sit with premier league playing club authorities and find a solution to clear their due payments so that the players can lead their lives smoothly amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘We players are in dire straits as we have no income for more than four months. It is becoming difficult for all of us to bear our family expenses as the players have no other job to do for income,’ said former national team captain and current player Mamunul Islam.

‘We are also urging BFF to take an initiative to start the next season’s league as soon as possible and to sit with the club authorities to sort out a solution for players due payment as no one has received his full payment from their club yet,’ he added.

National team goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana echoed Mamunul and asked BFF to resume the national team camp for their FIFA World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023 joint qualifiers in October-November.

‘We want to win the matches against Afghanistan and India in the World Cup qualifiers. We hope BFF will resume the national team camp as soon as possible for our better preparation,’ said Rana.

BFF president assured the players that they would take all necessary initiatives to meet the national team players interest and advised them to concentrate on their fitness before the qualifiers.

‘We will do everything possible things for the players. I advised you to keep on running and keep yourselves fit before. You have to be fit before the World Cup qualifiers so that you can perform well,’ said Salahuddin.

Tabith informed that they have already received FIFA-AFC guidelines for the resumption of the camp and will provide all players special allowance, apart from their stipulated wages during the training camp.

‘We will provide extra financial support to all national team players during their camp,’ said Tabith.

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