Celebrated footballer Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin, who has ruled the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) for the last twelve years as president, will face competition from his fellow former national footballer Shafiqul Islam Manik for the hotly anticipated BFF Election 2020, billed for October 3.
Manik, also a former coach of the national team, emerged as the main challenger following the late withdrawal of Badal Roy.
In the day's last gasp drama, the current BFF vice president Badal Roy withdrew his candidature sending a letter to the chief election commissioner through his wife Madhuri Roy at about 6 pm, just after the expiry of deadline at 5pm on Saturday, the last day of withdrawal.
Madhuri said Badal was very sick after suffering from Covid-19 and it would be very risky for him (Badal) to carry out an election campaign in the critical health condition, thus his decision to withdraw.
However, the election commissioner will give the verdict for the candidature of Badal Roy before publishing the final candidate list on Sunday (Sept 13).
A 52 years old former national defender, Manik, who trained national football team and a number of leading BPL Football teams, surprisingly entered the fray in the last moment collecting nomination paper for the hot seat of BFF on the last day of nomination distribution last Monday.
After the submission of 49 nomination papers for the 21 posts of BFF Polls on last Monday, no complaints were lodged against any candidature, no nomination papers were rejected, except for the withdrawal two EC member candidates--Mohammad Zakir Hossain of Uttar Baridhara and Saidur Rahman Manik of Azampur FC.
When the country's soccer pundits were almost certain that Kazi Salahuddin was on his way to securing a 4th consecutive term, with his main contender Tarafder Md Ruhul Amin having declined to compete this year, and then Badal falling sick, the entire scenario has been changed with emergence of Manik .
Former national striker Sheikh Mohammad Aslam also challenged seating senior vice president and his district mate Abdus Salam Murshedy MP in the post.
After completion of withdrawal formalities on Saturday, two nomination papers for the president post, two for the senior vice president, eight for vice president and 34 for executive members were found valid, excluding Badal Roy.
The BFF will go for polls on October 3 followed by its annual meeting AGM.
Some 139 councilors of BFF will exercise their voting right to elect one president, one senior vice president, four vice presidents and 15 EC members from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel followed by its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the same venue on the day. .
Apart from president and senior vice president, eight candidates: Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi, Tabith Awal, Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hasan, SM Abdullah Al Fuad, Kazi Nabil Ahmed MP, Amirul Islam Babu, Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan Manik and Imrul Hasan-- will compete in the four vice president posts..
Thirty four candidates, who will contest for 15 EC member post are: Abdul Wadud Pintu, Mohammad Sabbir Hosssin, Mohidur Rahman Miraj, Manjurul Ahsan, Imtiaz Sultan Jony, Hazi Mohammad Rafiq, ANM Aminul Haque Mamun, Arif Hosssin Moon, Advocate Saifui Islam, Syed Mustaq Ali Mukul, Ameer Khan, Hazi Tipu Sultan, Shahkawat Hosssin Bhuiyan, Fazlur Rahman Babul Hasnuzzaman Khan Bablu, Saifur Rahman Moni, Mizanur Rahman, Zakir Hossain Babul, Raihan Kabir, Harun ur Rashid, Shawkat Ali Khan Jahangir, Satyajit Das Rupu, Elias Hosssin, Bijon Barua, Amit Khan Shuvro, Iqbal Hossain, Mohiuddin Ahmed Salim , Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, Asaduzzaman Mithu, Kamrul Hasan Hilton, Syed Riazul Karim, Imtiaz Hamid Sabuj, Nurul Islam Nuru, Shakil Mahmud Chowdury.
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin-led 21-member Sammillita Parishad panel members:
President: Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin, Sr Vice President: Abdus Salam Murshedy MP.
Vice presidents: Kazi Nabil Ahmed MP, Amirul Islam Babu, Imrul Hasan and Ataur Rahman Manik.
Members: Harun ur Rashid, Shawkat Ali Khan Jahangir, Satyajit Das Rupu, Elias Hosssin, Bijon Barua, Amit Khan Shuvro, Iqbal Hossain, Mohiuddin Ahmed Salim , Md Zakir Hossain, Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, Asaduzzaman Mithu, Kamrul Hasan Hilton, Syed Riazul Karim, Imtiaz Hamid Sabuj and Nurul Islam Nuru.