China will play two World Cup qualifying games next month in neutral Thailand because of the virus outbreak in the country, FIFA said Friday.
China was to host the Maldives on March 26 and travel to face Guam, a U.S. territory, five days later.
Both games will now be played at Buriram, Thailand, FIFA said in a statement citing "the current situation in connection with the coronavirus and following consultation with the relevant member associations."
Spectators will likely be barred from entering the stadium.
China is currently second behind Syria in a five-team qualifying group. The top two teams enter a final group stage to advance to the 2022 tournament in Qatar.
China is scheduled to host the Philippines and Syria in June, but many sports matches and competitions have been canceled, postponed or moved from China since the virus emerged in Wuhan late last year.
The Tricotex seven-team Women’s Football League, organised by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), will begin Saturday at Bir Shrestho Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
Participating teams are – Bashundhara Kings, Begum Anwara Sporting Club, FC Uttar Bongo, Kacharipara Ekadas, Cumilla United, Nasrin Sports Academy and Spartan MK Gallactico Sylhet FC.
BFF signed an agreement with Tricotex Private Limited as the title sponsor and Cholo Kheli Trust as strategic partner at the BFF House on Friday afternoon to support and sponsor the Women’s Football League for the next three years.
FIFA Council Member and Chairperson of BFF women’s wing Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, BFF General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, Chairman of the meet’s sponsor Sher-e-Bangla National Foundation AK Fayazul Haque, Chairman of Cholo Kheli Trust Ashique Rahman and General Secretary of Cholo Kheli Trust Majedul Islam were present on the occasion.
All teams will receive participation money of Tk 2 lakh each. The champions team will get Tk 2 lakh while the runners-up team will receive Tk 1 lakh as prize money.
To patronise women empowerment, Cholo Kheli Trust, a non-profit organisation working for sports in Bangladesh as strategic partner, signed an agreement with BFF to arrange sponsors on behalf of BFF and promote Women Football across the country.
Consequently, Cholo Kheli brought Tricontex as title sponsor for Women’s Football League. Tricotex shared their plan to patronise Women’s Football League 2019-20 as Title Sponsor at Motijheel BFF House. This sponsorship will add value to recent success of women football in Bangladesh and inspire the next generation of female footballers.
This tournament will enable BFF to bring grassroots women footballers in the mainstream clubs for those who are interested to take football professionally and help them become self-reliant.
“Cholo Kheli Trust brought Tricotex Pvt Ltd to support the tournament considering their responsibility towards society and to encourage women to take up sports as profession in Bangladesh, especially in the field of football,” said AK Fayazul Haque, chairman of Sher-e-Bangla National Foundation.
Former champions Sheikh Russel KC made 2nd consecutive draw in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football after playing goalless draw with Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society in their 2nd match at Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Earlier in the first match, Sheikh Russel KC shared points with Brothers Union Club at their home venue in Sylhet.
After two league matches, Sheikh Russel KC remained winless and secured two points while Rahmatganj MFS opened their account first with one point from two league outings.
Sheikh Russel KC dominated the day’s match for most of the proceeding and created some good scoring chances, but failed to gain its benefits.
Rahmatganj coach Syed Golam Jilani said they defended very well and sometime made good counter attack on the touring Sheikh Russel KC.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Vice-president Badal Roy has announced that he might vie for the BFF president post if there is no other candidate against present president Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin.
“I got a new lease of life (recovering from stroke). The Prime Minister gave me new life. I consider it my 2nd life. As long as I live and stay with football, I’ll always speak in favour of justice,” he told reporters at Mohammedan Club on Thursday.
Badal, also an award-winning footballer, criticised Salahuddin for his activities, saying, “I have been with him for almost 12 years. He has totally failed. He has no plan at all. I had done everything for the academy in Sylhet but he failed to keep it up. Players of that academy are now out of football. In the last 10 years, there was no success of national team as well.”
He thinks it is high time to change the BFF leadership. “There’s no reason to support Kazi Salahuddin. I’ll urge councillors not to vote for Salahuddin. I hope true football lovers and organisers will give a challenge to Salahuddin. If no one can do it, then I’ll stand against him.”
The former national footballer expressed his surprise over Tarafder Ruhul Amin’s decision not to vie for the post. “He (Tarafder) has been working with districts and clubs but all on a sudden, he announced to quit the president race. I think he was forced to take the decision because of heavy pressure.”
“Kazi Salahuddin says he is a friend of Sheikh Kamal although he didn’t do anything for Sheikh Kamal. Tarafder is a new football organiser but he organised Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup. I highly appreciate Ruhul Amin’s activities. The Prime Minister loves sports very much, especially football. In the last 10 years, many sectors were improved a lot. But only football saw no development due to the BFF leadership.”
Badal Roy was a coordinator of the Kazi Salahuddin panel in the BFF election in 2016. He was elected vice president of BFF for the 3rd consecutive time.
The BFF election will have to be held by April 30 next. Salahuddin declared himself as a president candidate for the fourth time.
Meanwhile, Tarafder Ruhul Amin recently decided not to take part in the election although he worked for this post for the last two years.
Defending champions Bashundhara Kings dropped points in their very 2nd match of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football after making 1-1 draw with newcomers Police FC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
After the day’s debacle, big budgeted Bashundhara Kings have secured four points from two matches while Police FC opened their account first in the country’s top football with lone point playing two matches. Saif SC dominated the league table securing 6 points from two matches.
After barren first half, national coloured forward Towhidul Alam Sabuz put national star studded Bashundhara Kings ahead in the 54th minute by a good placing shot from close, utilizing a pass from his team mate (1-0).
Police FC, promoted to the Premier League as the champions of Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) this season, equalized the margin in the 72nd minute by a suicidal goal (1-1). Kings defender Nurul Nayem Faisal sent the ball to his own net while he was trying to foil an attempt of Police FC (1-1).
Bashundhara Kings tried their level best to score match-winner but failed. Kings high profile foreign booters couldn’t impress the fans in the match as low budgeted Police FC fought bravely with their mighty rivals.
The foreign booters of Police FC created good pressure on Bashundhara Kings defense for several occasions where Kings goalkeeper Anisur Rahman Zico saved his castle brilliantly.