Dhaka, May 21 (UNB)- It is well-known that away from the field of politics, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s great love in the field of sport was football. Which is why the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) believes it must play a prominent role in the celebrations centring the Father of the Nation’s centennial, set for next year.
BFF would like to leave its mark on the celebrations through multiple events, taking place throughout the year, including a series of international friendlies involving European teams.
BFF General Secretary Md Abu Nayeem Shohag said that they have proposed their plans of arranging international friendly matches during the last meeting of the 27-member sports sub-committee within the National Implementation Committee for Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s Birth Centenary, held at the seminar room of the International Mother Language Institute on Monday.
“We are planning to arrange SAFF Championship, SAFF Under-15 Championship, Bangabandhu Gold Cup, and international football friendly matches between two European nations, say between Portugal, Germany, Italy or European clubs,” Shohag said.
Bangladesh Volleyball Federation (BVF) is also planning to arrange a 10-nation international volleyball tournament and national volleyball championship.
BVF General Secretary Ashiqur Rahman Miku said, “We are planning to arrange a 10-nation international volleyball tournament named after Bangabandhu and national volleyball championship for celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu.”
The sports sub-committee members prepared and proposed a budget of Tk 300 crore to the main committee headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
A committee officer, Deb Prasad Pal, said, “The members of the Sports Sub-Committee proposed their budget Tk 300 crore for the events of the 100th birth anniversary celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”
State Minister for Youth and Sports and the Convener of Sports Sub-Committee Md Zahid Ahsan Russel, Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Dr Mohammad Zafar Uddin, Bangladesh Olympic Association Secretary General Syed Shahed Reza, Bangladesh Football Federation General Secretary Md Abu Nayeem Shohag, Bangladesh Hokey Federation General Secretary AKM Mominul Haque Sayed, Bangladesh Volleyball Federation General Secretary Ashiqur Rahman Miku and others were present in the meeting.
Earlier, Bangladesh government announced 2020 the ‘Mujib Year’ and formed two committee on February 14-- a 102-member national committee, headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and a 61-member implementation committee, with National Professor Mohammad Rafiqul Islam as President -- for observing the 100th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Since then, ten subcommittees have also been formed to cover various fields, including international sports, cultural programs, films and documentaries, seminars, workshops, international works, media and promotion, and publication and literature.
Miami, May 21 (AP/UNB) — American defender John Brooks will miss the CONCACAF Gold Cup because of a knee ligament injury, joining DeAndre Yedlin on the sidelines.
Brooks, a central defender, did not play in Wolfsburg's last two games of the Bundesliga season. Yedlin, a right back, had left groin surgery last week.
CONCACAF announced preliminary 40-man rosters Monday. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter must select 23 players by early June.
The Americans open training camp next week in Annapolis, Maryland, but some Gold Cup players will not report until the following week.
Among the omissions on the preliminary roster are goalkeeper Bill Hamid, and forwards Bobby Wood and Andrew Wooten.
Winger Tyler Boyd is on the preliminary roster after FIFA approved his switch from New Zealand to the U.S. Others on the 40-man list include 20-year Fulham defender Marlon Fossey, 22-year Celtic defender Andrew Gutman who is on loan to Charlotte, Derby midfielder Duane Holmes and Duisburg forward Joe Gyau.
The U.S. has exhibitions against Jamaica on June 5 at Washington and Venezuela on June 9 at Cincinnati.
The Americans open their Gold Cup title defense against Guyana on June 18 at St. Paul, Minnesota. It will be their first competitive match in 20 months since an October 2017 loss at Trinidad and Tobago caused them to miss the 2018 World Cup. They play Trinidad on June 22 at Cleveland and complete group play against Panama on June 26 at Kansas City, Kansas.
The Gold Cup is the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The preliminary roster:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Belgium), Sean Johnson (New York City), Tyler Miller (Los Angeles), Zach Steffen (Columbus).
Defenders: Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig, Germany), Reggie Cannon (Dallas), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham), Marlon Fossey (Fulham, England), Greg Garza (Cincinnati), Omar Gonzalez (Atlas, Mexico), Andrew Gutman (Charlotte), Nick Lima (San Jose), Aaron Long (New York), Daniel Lovitz (Montreal), Matt Miazga (Chelsea, England), Tim Ream (Fulham, England), Antonee Robinson (Wigan, England), Miles Robinson (Atlanta), Walker Zimmerman (Los Angeles).
Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Toronto), Duane Holmes (Derby, England), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Weston McKennie (Schalke, Germany), Djordje Mihailovic, Chicago), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea, England), Cristian Roldan (Seattle), Wil Trapp (Columbus).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto), Jonathan Amon (Nordsjaelland, Denmark), Paul Arriola (D.C.), Corey Baird (Salt Lake), Tyler Boyd (Ankaragucu, Turkey), Joe Gyau (Duisburg, Germany), Jonathan Lewis (Colorado), Jordan Morris (Seattle), Christian Ramirez (Los Angeles), Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen, Germany), Gyasi Zardes (Columbus).
Rome, May 21 (AP/UNB) — Bologna secured Serie A football for another season after drawing at Lazio 3-3 in a thriller on Monday.
Bologna moved four points clear of the relegation zone with one match remaining.
Lazio was still celebrating winning the Italian Cup midweek and Joaquin Correa fired the capital side in front in the 13th minute.
However, two goals in the space of a minute from Andrea Poli and Mattia Destro saw Bologna take the lead early in the second half.
Bastos curled in a stunning effort to level for Lazio in the 59th but Riccardo Orsolini restored Bologna's lead shortly after.
Substitute Sergej Milinkovic-Savic secured a draw for Lazio with a sensational free kick 10 minutes from time.
Dhaka, May 20 (UNB) – Newly crowned Bangladesh Police AC earned a 1-0 goal victory over Agrani Bank SC in the 11-team Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) football at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Monday.
After a barren first half, Mohammad Kabirul scored the match winner for the policemen in the 67th minute
Police AC, which earned promotion to the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football with three matches to spare, clinched the BCL title securing 36 points from 19 matches and will play Soccer Club, Feni in the remaining league match on May 24.
Uttar Baridhara Club finished runners-up in the league to qualify for the Bangladesh Premier League football from the next season securing 30 points from 19 matches.
However, champions Police AC dropped points in their previous match against bottom-placed Swadinata KC as the match between them ended in 2-2 draw.
Dhaka, May 20 (UNB) – Monday was the 8th death anniversary of senior sports journalist and first profession general secretary of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Al Musabbir Sadi Pommel.
Bangladesh Football Federation and Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association observed the day recalling the memories of Sadi and praying for salvation of his departed soul.
Sadi passed away on May 20 in 2011 at the age of 44.
Sadi, a member of Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA), served as sports reporter in the “Daily Independent” and “The Daily Star” before joining the BFF as its first professional general secretary.