World football body FIFA has advised Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) not to hold its elections until the coronavirus situation in Bangladesh improves.
"We’ve received a letter from FIFA on Tuesday and they wanted to know about the annual general meeting (AGM) and election of BFF. They wrote it won't be wise to hold elections until the health, sanitation and Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh improves. FIFA also advised us to keep them updated about BFF AGM and elections," BFF General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag said Wednesday.
Earlier, the BFF postponed its much talked about elections on March 27 as its incumbent executive committee members and the delegates raised voice against BFF's intention to hold elections on April 20 amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Later, FIFA extended the tenure of the present BFF executive committee, which had expired on April 30, till elections are held and advised them to hold the elections when the coronavirus situation in Bangladesh improved.
Although the BFF postponed its elections in March, but they continued the election procedure by preparing final voter lists on June 7.
It is assumed that FIFA’s instructions came in wake of the BFF vice presidents Badal Roy and Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi's letter to FIFA complaining some irregularities in voter list.
Both Roy and Mohi also requested the game's governing body to take necessary steps to defer the upcoming BFF polls till the country's coronavirus situation fully improved.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) extended the contract of their national football team's English Head Coach Jamie Day for two years.
As per the new deal, Jamie will coach Bangladesh national team till August 2022.
In an immediate video message after signing the contract, the 40-year-old English coach said, “I've agreed to start a new deal with Bangladesh National (football) team for two years as head coach. I'm really looking forward to working with BFF again in the future."
"Obviously, I’m excited to see the game back in the field and to work with the national team players. We’ve four tough games in Octoer and November next, but when we really looking forward and we can’t wait long to get back the game with the boys in camp, getting them fit and ready for the games. So, it’s an exciting year. I’m delighted to agree to make a new great deal and hopefully, we can get the ball rolling, get the players back in concentrate and try to have a really good year with results," he added.
Earlier, the BFF appointed Jamie Day as the head coach of Bangladesh national football team and Bangladesh U-23 football team in May 2018 and Stuart Watkiss as the assistant coach in June in 2018. Later, assigned him (Jamie) as the technical director for three months till February this year.
National football team played 19 international matches under Jamie Day from May 2018 to January 2019. The men in red and green (Bangladesh) won 8, drew 2 and conceded 9 defeats.
The 40-year-old British Coach started his managerial career with English Club Welling United where he worked as player -- manager from November 2009 to December 2014.
Later, Jamie Day worked for Ebbsfleet United as a manager from December 2014 to April 2015 and for Forest Green Rovers as an assistant manager from May 2015 to May 2016, for Braintree Town as a manager from May 2016 to September 2016 and returned to Welling United as a first team coach and later as manager from November 2016 to January 2017.
Jamie Day also worked for Gillingham as first team coach from January 2017 to September 2017 and worked for Barrow as assistant manager from February 2018 to May 2018.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has announced fresh schedule for the joint qualifications of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup, scheduled for March and June, before being halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
After consultation with FIFA, the AFC on Friday said that the remaining matches of the joint qualifications will be held in October and November.
AFC said match days 7 and 8 are set to take place on Oct 8 and 13 respectively, while match days 9 and 10 are due to kick off on Nov 12 and 17 to ensure the second round of joint qualifications is completed by November this year.
Bangladesh, which was placed in Asian Group E along with World Cup hosts Qatar, Oman, India and Afghanistan, already played four matches out of eight before the competition was stopped for coronavirus.
According to new fixture, Bangladesh will play Afghanistan on October 8 in Sylhet and will face Qatar on October 13 in Doha.
In the remaining matches, Bangladesh will play India on November 12 and Oman on November 17, both in Dhaka.
In the last four qualifying round matches, Bangladesh lost 0-1 against Afghanistan in Dushanbe, lost to Qatar 0-2 in Dhaka, drew 1-1 with India in Kolkata and conceded 1-4 defeat against Oman in the away match and remained at bottom with only one point.
“AFC will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure the safety and well-being of all teams, officials, fans and stakeholders as well as government travel and medical restrictions and will notify all parties should there be a need to reassess the match schedules due to the ever-evolving impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” AFC said in a statement.
A former footballer of national team SM Salauddin Ahmed died at his house in Sadar upazila on Sunday. He was 62.
He was suffering from pneumonia and breathed his last early morning.
Salauddin’s samples were tested for coronavirus but the report came negative on Saturday, said his nephew Mohaiminul Ahmed.
He left behind wife and two sons and a host of relatives.
He was buried in local graveyard after completing his namaz e janaza at Tajek Prodhan High School ground in the afternoon.
Country's most prestigious football meet, the 13-team Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football 2019-20, was finally abandoned on Sunday.
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) in it's EC meeting on Sunday (May 17) with Federation president Kazi Salahuddin in the chair, has decided to abandon the ill-fated league, which was halted on March 15 after the 6th round due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The meeting took the decision considering the appeal of most of the participating clubs and also the clearance of AFC.
The BFF earlier sought suggestion from their upper body AFC to take decision on the league in this crisis situation and the Asian body (AFC) advised them on last Saturday to take decision in their own way and to inform it to AFC as early as possible.
Former champion Dhaka Abahani and Chattogram Abahani dominated the league till the 6th round securing 13 points each.
Following the cancellation of the league, this year's BPL football find no new champions, runners up and relegated team.
Moreover, the participation of two Bangladeshi club teams in the AFC Cup Football now became uncertain with the decision.
The BFF meeting also postponed this year's Independence Cup Football and Under -18 Football for the same reasons.
Earlier, the participating clubs were divided over the future of Bangladesh Premier League 2019-20 and were failed to decide whether they will carry the league or to cancel it. But, the BFF then opted to wait until end of May before taking any decision.
Most clubs led by holders Bashundhara Kings agreed to call off the league and to start the season afresh during the league committee meeting on April 26 while two former champions Dhaka Abahani Limited and Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club wanted to continue.
BFF vice-president Kazi Nabil Ahmed then proposed to conclude the remaining fixtures with only the local players to reduce extra pressure from the clubs who on average have to spend around half of their total budget on the foreign recruits. But, Bashundhara Kings supported by some other clubs, opposed the idea citing that there can’t be two different rule for one single league.
Only six rounds of fixtures out of 24 was played until March 15 with Abahani and Chattogram Abahani being the joint leaders but only three points separated the top six clubs in the table.