Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) – The full-pledged committee of Bangladesh Football Clubs’ Association (BFCA) was announced on Tuesday with Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin and
AKM Mominul Haque being president and general secretary respectively.
BFCA President Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin announced the 82-member committee at a function at a local hotel in the afternoon.
At the event, BFCA General Secretary AKM Mominul Haque disclosed their future plans and programmes.
Some 94 representatives of 53 metropolis clubs of the Premier League, Championship League, First Division, 2nd Division and 3rd Division Leagues were present at the function.
Besides, the names of five of the eight-member advisory committee of BFCA was announced at the event, including veteran sports organiser Mozaffar Hossain Paltu, Manzur Hossain Malu, Imtiaz Sultan Jony, Abdul Gaffar and Shahjahan Kabir in the committee.
Addressing the function, Ruhul Amin demanded the announcement of the date of BFF AGM by the next 15 days and payment of participation fees of Tk 40 lakh each for the premier league and Tk 20 lakh each for championship league’s clubs before the 2nd leg matches begin.
The club officials also demanded yearly income, expenditure reports and audit reports of the BFF within one month.
They criticised BFF’s executive committee member Mahfuza Akhter Kiron for her derogatory comments on sports-loving Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, demanded a clear statement from BFF and decided to give a memorandum to the State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell in this regard.
Dhaka, Mar 19 (UNB) — Abdul Mazid’s brilliant knock for Mohammedan Sporting Club was eclipsed by Legends of Rupganj’s four-wicket victory on Tuesday in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL).
It was Mohammedan’s first loss in their fourth league match.
Although they scored 295/7, Rupganj reached the target in 49.2 overs (296/6) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Sent to bat first, Mohammedan lost their first wicket of Avishek Mitra when the score was 13. They lost another wicket posting 50 runs on board.
Mazid kept going and hit his seventh hundred in List-A career. He scored 107 off 126 with five fours and three sixes. Nadif Chowdhury hit 64 off 47 balls with four fours and four sixes to help the team put up a challenging target.
Chaturanga de Silva, the Sri Lankan recruit, hit 23 off 9 balls.
For Rupganj, Mohammad Shahid took three wickets for 70 runs in 10 overs while Rishi Dhawan and Muktar Ali took one each.
In reply, Rupganj captain Naeem Islam starred with the bat scoring 85 off 92 deliveries. He guided his team to defeat Mohammedan for the first time in the season.
Along with Naeem, Mominul Haque (55) and Rishi Dhawan (51) also struck the fifties for Rupganj.
Eventually, Rupganj reached the target with four balls remaining.
Shafiul Islam took two wickets for Mohammedan.
Mohammedan are now at number three on the points table with three wins in four matches. On the other hand, Rupganj are at number four with three wins in four matches.
London, Mar 19 (AP/UNB) — Chelsea made a complaint to UEFA about racist abuse being aimed at one of its players by Dynamo Kiev fans during a Europa League match, the English club said Monday.
The abuse — reportedly targeted at Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is black — took place near the end of its 5-0 win in the round of 16 on Thursday and was reported to the referee at the final whistle.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and club secretary David Barnard then spoke to UEFA's match delegate.
"We wholeheartedly condemn such abhorrent behavior," Chelsea said in a statement. "We expect UEFA to conduct a fulsome investigation."
Chelsea didn't specify which player was the target of the racist abuse. The club made the statement hours before England called up Hudson-Odoi for upcoming European Championship qualifiers.
"It's a dream come true," said the winger, who replaced the injured Luke Shaw and did not comment on the apparent racist abuse in Ukraine. "Now I've got to work hard, enjoy every moment and keep working to just hopefully make an impact when I get the opportunity."
Britain's Press Association reported that monkey chants were heard from a small group of Dynamo Kiev fans in the corner of the end Chelsea was attacking.
That part of the stadium is home to the Rodychi fan group, which displays far-right symbols and was accused of involvement in several violent attacks last time Dynamo hosted Chelsea.
In 2015, Dynamo fans attacked at least eight Chelsea supporters during a Champions League game. Most of the victims were black, and some were white who tried to protect the black fans.
UEFA's anti-discrimination monitoring partner, Fare, which sends observers to major European games, captured video of four black men being chased through the crowd. The incidents all occurred in and around the Rodychi sector, though the group denied wrongdoing.
Dynamo was ordered to play two matches behind closed doors and fined 100,000 euros (then $110,000). Both punishments were halved on appeal.
Earlier that year, UEFA fined Dynamo and closed part of the stadium for racist fan behavior at a Europa League game against Everton.
Last month, UEFA ended an investigation into anti-Semitic chants by Chelsea fans at a Europa League game against Vidi in Hungary. Chelsea had condemned the behavior of its supporters, apologizing and saying it is "abhorrent to this club," but did not face a sanction.
Davenport, Mar 19 (AP/UNB) — New U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter announced an intriguing position change after his first training session with the full American player pool Monday, moving Tyler Adams to right back and DeAndre Yedlin to wide midfield.
Yedlin, at 25, is among the veterans retained after the failure to qualify for last year's World Cup. He has been primarily a right back for the national team and Newcastle in England.
Adams, a 20-year-old who made his debut under interim coach Dave Sarachan in November 2017, has been a central midfielder for the national team, the New York Red Bulls and now RB Leipzig in Germany.
"This is the beginning phases and we want to test it and we want to see how it looks and we want to see how he adapts and what it gives our team overall," Berhalter said.
Preparing for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June, the Americans play exhibitions against Ecuador on Thursday in Orlando and Chile next week in Houston.
Berhalter was hired in December, the fourth American coach in just over two years, and led the U.S. to wins over Panama and Costa Rica using a roster exclusively from Major League Soccer. Europe-based players joined the team this week.
Berhalter was active during the training session on a wind-swept field adjacent to a hotel golf course, shouting instructions. Two white boards with player positions were on the grass by the touchlines.
"Obviously he's a tactician and have great faith that obviously he really knows what he's doing," Yedlin said. "Just being out here one day with him, there's a lot of details, especially on the tactical side."
One of the puzzles Berhalter must solve is how to get the team's three 20-year-old midfielders on the field at the same time in effective positions: Adams, Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic. Michael Bradley (31) and Wil Trapp (26) seem likely to share time as a holding midfielder in a 4-1-2-3 formation.
"This is the beginning phases and we want to test it and we want to see how it looks," Berhalter said. "When you're looking at a profile of Michael Bradley or Will Trapp, a very controlling player, and you have the dynamic guy next to him in Tyler who can come inside and still be influential from that position, we think it's exciting and we want to take a look at it. It may not work exactly how we have planned and we'll have to adapt. But I think in theory it's something worth trying."
Yedlin's role will be up and down the right wing.
"He's not going to be in the back. He's going to be forward at the top of the penalty box or he's going to be combining in wide areas. And that's right in his skill set," Berhalter said. "We're not going to ask him to do things he's not comfortable with. We'll adapt to him to a certain extent. I'm watching all of his games and what I see with him is a tremendous ability to build momentum from behind with his speed to take advantage of underlaps or interlap situations. He has a good cross."
Adams earned a starting job in the Bundesliga soon after his arrival in January and fits into Berhalter's ball-control tactics.
"His capacity is huge. His speed is huge. His quickness is very good," Berhalter said. "And what I like now that he's doing at Red Bull is he's taking the ball and he's penetrating with the ball and he's trying to break lines with the ball dribbling, and then as passes open up, as he's closed down, he's able to find that pass between the lines. And that's been a new element to his game."
Berhalter plans to use Pulisic as an attacking central midfielder, tilted left. McKennie, also with a central role, impressed Berhalter when the coach attended the first leg of Schalke's Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester City.
"He didn't lose a header. Every single header he's going up, he's winning, against some big, strong guys," Berhalter said. "And then his ability to run behind the line and get in the penalty box was excellent."
NOTES: Berhalter said there is no long-term significance to his omitting 34-year-old goalkeeper Brad Guzan, the backup to Tim Howard at the last World Cup. "I called Brad and talked to him and it's about evaluating other players," Berhalter said. "Everyone knows what Brad can do." ... Bradley, D Tim Ream and GK Ethan Horvath missed practice while traveling and were due to join training Tuesday. ... The U.S. under-23 team is training in Spain this week.
Zurich, Mar 19 (AP/UNB) — Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out of Switzerland's opening 2020 European Championship qualifiers with an injury.
The Swiss soccer federation says Shaqiri has an inflammation injury in his groin that was revealed in tests at a hospital on Monday.
He left the team training camp and will not be available for qualifiers in Georgia on Saturday and at home against Denmark three days later.
Shaqiri was an unused substitute Sunday in Liverpool's 2-1 win at Fulham that took it back to the top of the Premier League.