Dhaka, July 18 (UNB)- Thakurgaon District will play Rangpur District in the final match of the JFA U-14 National Women’s Football Championship’2019 at Bir Sherestha Shaheed Shipahi Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Friday.
The final match will begin at 3:15 pm.
Thakurgaon reached to the final eliminating Mymensingh in penalty shootout (3-2) as the first semifinal between the two teams was locked 1-1 goals in the regulation time this afternoon.
Shathi Akter scored for Thakurgaon in the 36th minute while Ranjana leveled the margin for Mymesingh in the 44th minute (1-1).
In penalty shootout, Ranjana, Jahanara, Israt scored for Thakurgaon while Hafsa and Jarina Manda netted for Mymensingh.
In day’s second semifinal match, Rangpur District defeated Magura District by 1-0 goal at the same venue.
Liza Begum scored the match-winner for Rangpur in the 9th minute (1-0).
Dhaka, July 18 (UNB) – The 23r round of the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football will begin on Friday after recess of two days.
Dhaka Mohammedan will play NoFeL Sporting Club at 4 pm while Brothers Union will play against Muktijoddha SKC at 7 pm at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) on the day.
After the 22nd round matches, Bashundhara Kings dominating the league as the only unbeaten team securing 58 points from 20 matches while defending champions Dhaka Abahani Limited followed them distantly with 51 points from 21 encounters.
Brother Union Club and Team BJMC are still in the relegation zone. Brothers Union collected 16 points from 20 matches while Team BJMC earned only 8 points from 21 matches.
Standings of BPL Football after 22nd round matches (Tabulating under match played, win, draw, loss, goal for, goal against, goal difference and points):
Team MP W D L F A D P
Bashundhara Kings 20 19 1 0 50 11 +39 58
Dhaka Abahani 21 17 0 4 50 24 +26 51
Sheikh Russel 20 13 3 4 31 16 +15 42
Saif SC 20 12 5 3 33 17 +16 41
Arambagh 21 8 3 10 22 26 -4 27
Sheikh Jamal 21 6 6 9 26 31 -5 24
Chattagram Abahani 20 5 8 7 19 20 -1 23
Muktijoddha SKC 20 5 7 8 22 28 -6 22
Mohammedan Dhaka 20 5 5 10 24 34 -10 20
Rahmatgonj MFS 20 4 7 9 25 41 -16 19
NoFeL SC 20 4 4 12 19 34 -15 16
Brothers Union 20 4 4 12 22 42 -20 16
Team BJMC 21 1 5 15 12 31 -19 8
Dhaka, July 18 (UNB) – The eight-team final round of the BFF-Unicef U-16 (Talent Hunt) National Football Championship begins on Saturday at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Shipahi Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur here.
Eight district teams, split into two groups, will participate in the final round of 70-minute affairs.
On the opening day (Saturday). Mymensingh will play Rangamati at 2 pm while Lalmonirhat will face Gopalganj at 4 pm.
FIFA council member and chairman of the BFF Women’s Football Wing Mahfuza Akhter Kiron disclosed this at press conference at the BFF House on Thursday. Unicef Communication Officer (Advocacy and Partnership) Iftikhar Ahmed Chowdhury and BFF general secretray Abu Nayeem Shohaq also spoke on the occasion.
Participating teams are: Group A – Memensingh, Lalmonithat, Gopalganj and Rangamati.
Group B - Magura, Khagracharri, Rajshahi and Narayanganj.
On completion of the first phase league basis matches on July 25, two top teams from each of the group will play in the semifinal on July 26. The final match will be held on July 27.
Cairo, July 18 (AP/UNB) — FIFA president Gianni Infantino hit back at Sepp Blatter's criticism of the world soccer body's cleanup operation in Africa as a modern-day form of "colonialism."
Infantino response on Thursday was: "I have to laugh about it."
Blatter, the former head of FIFA who is serving a six-year ban from soccer, described the decision to appoint FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura as FIFA general delegate for Africa for six months as "a new aspect of colonialism" in a statement he provided to the BBC this week.
Blatter said it was also against FIFA rules because national soccer associations are members of FIFA, but continental bodies are not.
"I have to say I'm really puzzled by some of the comments," Infantino said, referring generally to a range of criticism of FIFA's decision to step in and oversee the reform of the Confederation of African Football.
Then, apparently responding directly to Blatter, his predecessor, Infantino said: "What does it mean, colonialization? I don't know. It's not part of my vocabulary. But I know what it means to team up. ... We all suffer when we see what is going on here (at CAF)."
Infantino was speaking at the scandal-plagued Confederation of African Football's general assembly meeting in Cairo on the eve of the African Cup of Nations final.
It's CAF's first major meeting since the announcement last month that Samoura will move to CAF for six months from August to oversee a forensic audit of the organization's finances and push through reforms of the body's badly failing administration. It's the first time FIFA has taken such a move with one of its continental confederations. CAF, with 56 member countries, is FIFA's largest confederation.
CAF president Ahmad, who is also one of Infantino's vice presidents at FIFA, is facing numerous allegations of wrongdoing amid the crisis. They include corruption, improper business dealings, and sexual harassment of staff members at the soccer body's offices. This week, he was also accused of cheating on expenses.
He has denied wrongdoing but conceded on Thursday that CAF had serious problems.
"We are lagging behind all (other) confederations in all aspects," Ahmad said. He said the general assembly meeting would be dedicated to reforming the entire administration.
Infantino attempted to present a more positive picture.
He said CAF's current predicament wasn't as bad as the FIFA corruption scandal of 2015, which led to the downfall of some the most powerful men in world soccer, including Blatter, and brought Infantino to power.
"The situation at FIFA was a lot worse than the situation of CAF today and yet we turned the boat (around)," Infantino said. "We intend to do the same for Africa and for CAF."
Ahmad, who is a former politician from Madagascar, was surprisingly elected to head CAF two years ago, beating out the long-serving veteran of African soccer, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon. Ahmad campaigned on promises of stamping out corruption and modernizing CAF but two years later it's in crisis.
"We need to regain the trust of the people," Infantino said.
Toronto, Jul 18 (AP/UNB) — Jozy Altidore, Alejandro Pozuelo and Ashtone Morgan scored to help Toronto FC beat the New York Red Bulls 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Altidore opened the scoring in the sixth minute, back-heeling Tsubasa Endoh's cross low off the goalpost. He has seven goals in 11 games this season. Pozuelo made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 26th minute after Kemar Lawrence brought down Richie Laryea.
Tom Barlow scored for New York in the 63rd minute, and Morgan capped the scoring in the 72nd with his second goal in 123 regular-season games.
Toronto (8-8-5) is 3-1-1 in its last five. New York dropped to 9-8-4.