Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) – A five-member Bangladesh Athletics team reached Hong Kong Thursday (March 14) morning to participate in the three-day 3rd Asian Youth Athletics Championship beginning there on Friday (March 15).
The five-member team, all from BKSP, consists of four athletes and one manager cum coach Abdullah-Hel Kafi.
Athletes are with participating events: M Rajib Raju (100-meter sprint), M Sohel Rana (200-meter sprint), Sonia Akhter (100-meter sprint) and Jannatul (high Jump).
Bangladesh team will return home on March 18.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) - Bangladesh National Women’s Football team smartly reached the semifinals of the six-team SAFF Women’s Championship from Group A eliminating Himalayan nation Bhutan by 2-0 goals in their first match at the Shahid Rangashala in Biratnagar, Nepal on Thursday.
After a barren first half, captain cum most experienced forward Sabina Khatun and vice-captain Mishrat Jahan Moushumi scored one each for the last times runners-up Bangladesh, enabling the team to achieve their first target of reaching last four stage.
Touring Bangladesh now need an outright victory in their last group match against hosts Nepal on Saturday (March 16) to clinch the group title.
Nepal, which also assured the semifinal berth from the same group beating Bhutan convincingly by-3-0 goals in the tournament opener last Tuesday, needed a just draw against Bangladesh to the group champions.
In the semifinals on March 20, Group A champions will play Group B runners-up at 11am while Group B champions will encounter Group A runners–up at 3pm at the same venue. The final match will take place at 3pm on March 22.
In the day’s match, medio Mishrat Jahan Moushumi put Bangladesh ahead in the 47th minute by a placing shot from goal mouth melee, off corner kick of Monika Chakma (1-0).
Country’s celebrated striker Sabina Khatun sealed the fate of the match scoring the 2nd goal inn the 86th minute dodging past two opponent defenders and custodian, utilizing on a Shamsunnahar pass (2-0).
Bangladesh Team: Rupna Chakma, Masura Parvin, Shamsunnahar, Akhi Khatun, Sheuli Azim, Mishrat Jahan Moushumi, Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Sirat Jahan Shopna, Sanjida Akhter (Tohuna Khatun) and Sabina Khatun.
Dhaka, Mar 14 (UNB) — Right-handed opener and captain of Prime Bank cricket Club hit a ton on Thursday at Bangladesh KriraShikkaProtisthan (BKSP) to lead his side to clinch a victory in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) against Legends of Rupganj.
Prime Bank won the toss and opted to bowl first and all out Legend of Rupganj for 163 in 46.1 overs.
In reply, Prime Bank chased down the target scoring 166 runs for one wicket in 31.3 overs to win the game by nine wickets.
Anamul Haque-led team from the front hit unbeaten 100 off 111 balls featuring 12 fours and two sixes and he was adjudged man of the match.
It was the 2nd win for Prime Bank in three league matches and the first defeat of Rupganj in three matches as well.
Batting first in the match, Rupganj were poor to display their batting prowess.
They lost the first wicket in 16 runs when Azmir Ahmed was removed by Mohor Sheikh. Captain of Rupganj Shahriar Nafees was the second man to get dismissed.
Rupganj failed to overcame their initial damages. However, unlike other batsmen of the team, Mohammad Naim and Jaker Ali showed firmness with the bathitting 52 and 47 respectively for Rupganj.
Besides,Naeem Islam (15), Asif Ahmed (12), Rishi Dhawan (13) and AsifHasan (11) were the other batsmen to reach the double-digit..
Mohor Sheikh, Al Amin Hossain, ArifulHaque, AbdurRazzak and AlokKapali bagged two wickets each for Prime Bank Cricketers.
In reply, Anamul Haque and Rubel Mia added 125 runs in the opening stand to guide Prime Bank to second win of the season. However, Rubel fell for 44, but Anamul returned with hitting his first century of the season.
In a low-scoring affair at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club bettered Shinepukur Cricket Club by 12 runs.
Sheikh Jamal batted first and accumulate only 106 runs in 35.1 overs, with the best score of 41 by Ziaur Rahman.
Despite having an easy target of 107, Shinepukur tumbled for 94 in 20 overs and Sheikh Jamal DC won the game by 12 runs. The match was reduced to 46-over a side match due to heavy fog in the morning.
It was the first win of Sheikh Jamal in the league and the third defeat of Shinepuku in the trot.
Sent into bat first, Sheikh Jamal were bundled out for 106 against superb Sabbir Hossain, who bagged four wickets while Shoriful Islam took three.
In reply, Shinepukur tumbled for 94 while facing Ziaur Rahman. They have lost five wickets to him. The right-arm pacer recorded five-wicket haul conceding 23 runs. Along with him, Salahuddin Shakil took scalped four wickets for them. Ziaur was adjudged the man of the match.
Miami, Mar 14 (AP/UNB) — FIFA Council members will be asked on Friday to approve a pilot tournament for an expanded 24-team Club World Cup in June-July 2021 featuring eight European participants, but plans for a worldwide Nations League are on hold, The Associated Press has learned.
An overhaul of the current seven-team annual Club World Cup, normally in December, is being pursued by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to generate new interest and greater revenue despite ongoing opposition from Europe, with the long-term vision of the bigger tournament being staged every four years.
A 17-page FIFA report on the future of competitions does not specifically mention the financing plans which sparked concern among members of the FIFA Council last year, only that the governing body wants to "ensure that the generated revenues stay within football and do not go to third parties."
Infantino informed council members last March of a $25 billion offer from investors, led by Japan's SoftBank, to guarantee funding to overhaul the Club World Cup and introduce mini-World Cups for national teams every two years in a worldwide Nations League.
Of the funding package, an enlarged Club World Cup was guaranteed to deliver FIFA at least $12 billion in revenue 2021-33. But now FIFA just wants agreement on the concept of replacing the little-regarded current Club World Cup format, removing funding from the discussions.
According to a document seen by the AP, the FIFA Council in Miami will be asked on Friday to approve a trial 24-team Club World Cup running from June 17-July 4, 2021. That is the slot previously reserved for the Confederations Cup, which serves as a test event in a host nation a year before the World Cup.
A FIFA task force, featuring representatives of the six confederations, has been evaluating plans for the Club World Cup since November. The task force report said five of the six confederations supported the 24-team pilot in 2021.
FIFA originally wanted 12 European teams, but UEFA, which sees the competition as a threat to the status of the Champions League, insisted there should only be eight.
In the first edition, South America would have six slots — one based on previous performances. Three each would go to teams from Africa, Asia and CONCACAF, which represents North and Central America. Oceania would get one representative. The confederations would decide their own qualification process, whereas now each continental champion qualifies for the Club World Cup.
The tournament would start with eight groups of three, with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals. Teams would play two to five matches over a maximum of 18 days.
"The principal objection of UEFA was related to their concerns on the calendar," the FIFA document notes. "UEFA's position was that any technical discussion on a new format and calendar for the FIFA Club World Cup could only take place once a new post-2024 coordinated international calendar had been agreed."
According to FIFA, European officials argue that the Club World Cup would cause "foreseeable tensions with its clubs" because the lengthy period of matches after the regular season.
In 2021, FIFA envisages the window for international matches — which is likely to include 2022 World Cup qualifiers — running May 31-June 8. The Club World Cup would be held June 17-July 4, while the African Cup of Nations and CONCACAF Gold Cup could be played July 5-July 31.
This causes "serious interference with critical matches played by clubs for qualification to the European competitions, besides domestic duties," the FIFA document notes, citing European concerns.
FIFA also noted European protests about the "uninterrupted sequence of official events in June/July depriving players of appropriate rest in a year" between the 2020 European Championship and the 2022 World Cup.
"All of these points were taken on board by FIFA and were considered by the other members of the task force, who felt that it was feasible to play the FIFA Club World Cup in June/July 2021," the document from the world governing body states.
FIFA believes the proposed 24-team Club World Cup would "promote and grow football for the benefit of all confederations, member associations, leagues, clubs and fans."
South America is eager to retain an annual December Club World Cup with the number of finalists doubling to 14 but FIFA concluded "this would impact the European domestic leagues on an additional weekend."
According to FIFA research distributed to the council, 57 percent of members would prefer a biennial event. It also found 60 percent backing a 24-team Club World Cup and more than 90 percent agreeing that an overhaul was necessary.
"The task force deems that a thorough consultation has now taken place on the sporting matters of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup among all relevant stakeholders," the report states. "The task force is also of the opinion that all relevant parties have had the opportunity to express clear opinions on the various formats."
Infantino wanted the Club World Cup — and worldwide Nations League — to be run as a joint venture with the investors, with FIFA holding a 51 percent stake. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has said the competition "is a road to the Super League" — with elite clubs breaking away from domestic leagues — while expressing concerns about the involvement outside investors.
Plans for a worldwide Nations League have stalled.
The Nations League was first conceived by UEFA when Infantino was general secretary of European soccer's governing body before being elected president of FIFA in 2016. It debuted in Europe in September and the first finals are in June.
Infantino wants the global version of the format to involve all six confederations with eight-team finals serving as mini-World Cups in every odd-numbered year.
"It is clear that the existing commercial contracts of individual MAs (member associations) and confederations need to be further looked at before we will be able to progress further," the FIFA task force report said in its two-page section on the worldwide Nations League.
The FIFA Council will be asked on Friday to extend the mandate of the task force to conduct more work on the worldwide Nations League.
Munich, Mar 14 (AP/UNB) — Sadio Mane scored twice to send Juergen Klopp's Liverpool into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich in the second leg of the last 16 on Wednesday.
Mane opened the scoring with a delicate finish in the 26th minute and added Liverpool's third in the 84th by heading in Mohamed Salah's cross as Bayern desperately sought a way back into the game.
Serge Gnabry had forced an own goal from Joel Matip to equalize in the 39th, but Liverpool went ahead again through a corner when Virgil Van Dijk met James Milner's cross with a thumping header in the 69th.
"Scoring three is really difficult. Actually, we scored four because we scored the other one as well. It's a big step for us," said Klopp, whose team lost in the final to Real Madrid last year. "We really are back in the landscape of international football."
After a scoreless first leg, Liverpool's win puts four English teams into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City also advanced.
It's the first time since 2006 that there will be no German team among the last eight. For the first time since winning the tournament in 2013, Bayern's campaign wasn't ended by a Spanish team.
"We deserved to lose today. Liverpool was the better team in two games. Today we were shown our limits," said Bayern coach Niko Kovac, whose side claimed the Bundesliga lead at the weekend.
Klopp, who previously coached Bayern's old foe Borussia Dortmund, led the away fans' celebrations after the final whistle.
"I'm proud and happy, because this club deserves awareness again," said Klopp, who also lost the final to Bayern with Dortmund in 2013 but said past disappointments played no role.
"It's not sweeter for me because it's Bayern. I want to win for Liverpool and not to beat Bayern," Klopp said. "It's just a good moment for Liverpool and let's enjoy that."
Also Wednesday, Barcelona defeated Lyon 5-1 at home to progress.
Bayern had lost only one of its previous 18 competitive games and was confident of finishing the job against Liverpool after racking up 12 goals in the three games it played since their draw.
But the side failed to really threaten Alisson Becker's goal, even after Liverpool lost its captain Jordan Henderson with an apparent ankle injury in the 13th. Fabinho came on to replace the midfielder.
Liverpool started slowly until a mistake from Manuel Neuer in his 100th game in the competition led to the opener. The Bayern 'keeper rushed out of goal and Mane turned to elude him and defender Rafinha before chipping the ball into the unguarded net.
Matip's own goal got Bayern back in the game, but this time there was no heroic comeback. Bayern came from two goals down against Juventus at the same stage to win 4-2 three years ago.
Lewandowski went close but remained frustrated as he went scoreless for the seventh successive Champions League knockout game.
Salah, five games without a goal since the draw with Bayern, also finished without scoring, but he did provide the cross for Mane to seal it.