Touring Maziya Sports and Recreation Club of the Maldives made their practices at Dhaka Abahani ground on Monday ahead of their AFC Cup away match against Dhaka Abahani Ltd on Wednesday (February 5) at Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
Marziya SRC made practices at Abahani ground less than one hour Monday afternoon.
After the day’s practice session Marziya coach Marjan Sekulovski said, “Dhaka Abahani is very good team although we want to return home (Maldives) with full points.
The Maziya coach watched few Federation Cup matches of Dhaka Abahani and his evaluation is, “Abahani is always better team at home. We’re also ready to face them.”
Dhaka Abahani made their practices at the same venue after the training session of Marziya.
Portugese coach of Dhaka Abahani Mario Lamos said, “We know they (Marziya) have good Afgan’s goalkeeper, Serbian’s defender and very fast Brazilian attacking midfielder, but we are not worried about it. Our players are ready to face them.”
He emphasized on his forward line up and said, “Our forwards Zibon, Sunday and Belfort will certainly get some chances. If they utilize it, then we’ll win the match easily.
”Defender Tutul Hossain Badhsa also joined the day’s training session with the team after recovering from the Injury.
FIFA's six months in control of African soccer appeared to end when Fatma Samoura's temporary leadership of the continent's governing body was not extended on Sunday.
Samoura, the FIFA secretary general, was dispatched to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in August with the task of cleaning up the organization.
FIFA declared Samoura's mission as "General Delegate for Africa" complete after a meeting of the CAF executive committee without mentioning the confederation's president, Ahmad, who has been subject to an ethics investigation. Ahmad has faced accusations of sexual harassment and bribery, as well as claims of personal and financial impropriety. FIFA's statement did not mention Ahmad.
Changes implemented during Samoura's mission include enhanced financial controls, better salaries for staff and new ethics structures, FIFA said. Details of an audit of CAF were not publicly provided after the meeting in Rabat, Morocco.
"The six month mission agreed between FIFA and CAF to help accelerate the implementation of the reform process in the African governing body is completed with the delivery of a set of findings, recommendation and proposals," FIFA said.
"FIFA is happy that the joint effort made with CAF was done and delivered within the initial proposed time frame and reiterates its commitment to be at the disposal of African football to assist in the process of raising its level to the top of the world."
After working with CAF general secretary Mouad Hajji and other experts, FIFA said Samoura "completed several reforms focusing on three pillars: good governance, financial management and internal procedures; efficient and professional organisation of competition; growth and development of African football."
FIFA said it would work to create and finance a group of professional referees for Africa, ensure there is at least $1 billion available for the 54 nations to invest in infrastructure, implement unspecified governance changes and pursue changes to competitions "in line with the strategy" that was presented by President Gianni Infantino on Saturday.
Infantino told CAF leaders that the Africa Cup of Nations tournament should halve in frequency and only be played every four years. Infantino suggested annual under-16 and under-18 tournaments for boys and girls instead of the current under-17 events every two years. The boys' tournaments could grow from 24 teams to 48 if FIFA's ruling council agrees. Girls' tournaments could grow to 24 teams from 16.
Problems often seem to occur before important games for Paris Saint-Germain.
Brazil star Neymar was ruled out of Champions League matches against Real Madrid and Manchester United because of injuries over the last two seasons. Now Kylian Mbappe is at the center of controversy only two weeks ahead of a crucial European meeting with Borussia Dortmund.
Usually praised for his down to earth attitude, frenetic pace and exciting dribbles, Mbappe showed a less attractive side this weekend at the Parc des Princes.
After scoring a fine goal during a lopsided 5-0 French league win against Montpellier, Mbappe looked furious when coach Thomas Tuchel replaced him with Mauro Icardi midway through the second half. Mbappe barely acknowledged Icardi, giving him only a perfunctory handshake.
Ahead of a busy period, including a trip to Nantes on Tuesday and just a fortnight before the first leg of the last-16 Champions League match against Dortmund, Tuchel's decision looked logical. Especially since he made a double substitution, also bringing on Edinson Cavani.
Since the arrival of Icardi, there has been much less involvement for Cavani, the club's record scorer with 198 goals, so it was wise for Tuchel to bring him on. Considering Cavani almost left the club to join Atletico Madrid, it may have been more appropriate for Mbappe to encourage him — and Icardi — when they came on.
But the 21-year-old Mbappe appeared not to like it at all with the cameras picking up every reaction.
France's World Cup-winning forward ignored Tuchel and tried to walk past him on his way to the substitutes bench, and the German coach had to force him to stop twice to listen to his explanations. After the final whistle, Mbappe did not celebrate the win in front of PSG fans.
It is the third time this season he has reacted with public dissatisfaction after being substituted by Tuchel, who dropped him from an away match at bitter rival Marseille last season because Mbappe arrived late for a team talk.
Mbappe's apparent tantrum on Saturday tarnished the win and undermined Tuchel's authority at a time when PSG needs to be united, having experienced three last-16 Champions League exits in a row.
It's unclear whether Mbappe will be sanctioned for his behavior, but Tuchel expressed his disappointment at his striker's attitude — all the more so because it eclipsed a sixth straight win in all competitions for PSG, which is now unbeaten in 19 games.
"It is not good because it opens up a discussion about topics which are a distraction from our state of mind," Tuchel said. "So I am not angry, but I am sad because it's just not necessary. I am the coach, someone who has to decide. I will always make decisions based on sporting reasons. This is football, not tennis, and you need to have respect for everyone."
And as if one distraction were not enough, Tuchel also had to answer questions related to Neymar's birthday celebrations. The Brazil star, who turns 28 on Wednesday, organized a party on Sunday night in a trendy Paris nightclub.
"Kylian's behaviour or Ney's party are bad distractions as it gives the impression that we are not serious," Tuchel acknowledged. "It gives the impression we are not focused at 100%."
It is the third straight year that Neymar's birthday bash has been allowed to take place, despite it clearly being a distraction, and on the two previous occasions PSG went out of the Champions League in the last 16.
He's 19 years old, plays for Borussia Dortmund and can't stop scoring.
Erling Haaland? No, the other one.
While the Norwegian striker is grabbing the limelight with seven goals in his first three Bundesliga games, Jadon Sancho has arguably done more to spur Dortmund back into the German title race.
The England winger has scored nine goals in his last nine Bundesliga games, and assisted on seven more in that time. Those goals were crucial as Dortmund closed within three points of first place in a four-way battle for the German title. Sancho clicked immediately with Haaland when the Norwegian arrived from Salzburg at the start of the new year.
"Me and him combine very well and we bring it into the game and help the team," Sancho said. "I'm very happy that he's here."
For the London-born Sancho, leaving Manchester City for Dortmund in 2017 in search of first-team games was a gamble. It was worth it. Scoring in Dortmund's 5-0 win over Union Berlin on Saturday made him the youngest player in history with 25 Bundesliga goals, breaking a record which had stood since 1968.
Haaland and Sancho are the star faces in a team with a new look, but one that's typically Dortmund. After all, the club lives off its reputation as the finishing school for Europe's very best players. Next to Haaland and Sancho, 23-year-old Julian Brandt looks positively ancient.
Dortmund doesn't expect Sancho and Haaland to stay forever, not after seeing Christian Pulisic leave for Chelsea at the end of last season, and Ousmane Dembélé to Barcelona the year before that.
Sancho's near-unstoppable run of form has come despite events which would have knocked lesser players off their game.
Dortmund's been unhappy at times with Sancho's behavior off the field. In October, he was left out of the squad for a game against title rival Borussia Mönchengladbach for what the team said were "disciplinary reasons," reportedly after returning late from England duty.
Two months later, he was benched for a crunch Champions League game against Barcelona.
"We needed 11 players who were going to be focused and ready on the field," Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said of that decision.
The other possible distraction for Sancho is the inevitable transfer talk. A move back to England looks likely at some point, but to which club? And could his transfer fee, when that day comes, eclipse Dortmund's record sale?
Barcelona paid 105 million euros ($116 million) and a possible 40 million euros ($44 million) more in add-ons for Dembele in 2017. That's a high bar to clear, but Sancho might just match it.
Dortmund being Dortmund, it's already prepared for the next generation.
Seventeen-year-old American attacking midfielder Gio Reyna, son of former U.S. national team player Claudio Reyna, was officially moved into the first team in the winter break. Since then, he's made three substitute appearances and looks hungry for more.
Then there's Youssoufa Moukoko. At only 15, the German-Cameroonian forward has scored 22 goals in 14 games for Dortmund's under-19 team, including six in one game in November.
That's rekindled talk of lowering the Bundesliga's minimum age for players. Clubs from Germany's top two divisions could vote in March to scrap the current rule requiring players to be at least 17, with Moukoko as the poster child for any reform.
Dortmund's future should remain bright for a while yet.
Argentine forward Hernan Barcos is set to join Bangladesh Premier League Football (BPL) champions Bashundhara Kings on Wednesday (February 5) ahead of their maiden AFC Cup campaign.
“We’re very delighted to announce that Barcos will fly (for Bangladesh) tomorrow (Monday) and is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on February 5,” President of the club Imrul Hasan said on Sunday.
He said after releasing their Lebanese booter Jalal, they were searching for a quality striker. “Barcos has a very good striking ability which will help us in the upcoming AFC Cup engagement as well as in the Bangladesh Premier League,” he said.
Imrul also said he has already signed their offer letter and after his arrival, they will arrange an official signing ceremony here.
Barcos will represent Bashundhara Kings in the AFC Cup and the 2nd leg of BPL. However, he will not be able to play in the 1st leg of the league as the registration window has already closed.
Barcos made his debut for Argentina against Brazil. He played four matches for Argentina, including two in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Chile and Uruguay.
He also has experiences to play with legendary footballer Lionel Messi.
The 35-year-old forward could not score for Argentina although he has huge goals in club football. In his 16-year career in club football, he played in Brazil, Argentina, China, Ecuador and Colombian.
He scored 38 goals in 64 matches for LDU Quito in Ecuador league. Last year, he played for Colombian team Atletico Nacional. He scored 14 goals in 42 matches.
BPL champions Bashundhara Kings are going to play in the Asian top club competition for the first time. They want to show their best performance in the AFC Cup.
Dhaka Abahani played the zonal semifinal play-off of the Asian Cup last year which has boosted Bashundhara Kings’ morale.
“Abahani showed the way for us. We’re the best team in the country. Now, time has come to show our worth aboard. It’s high time we formed the best quality team,” Imrul said.
Last year, Bashundhara Kings recruited World Cup-playing Costa Rica booter Daniel Colindres. This time, they are signing another world star.
It was learned that Barcos will be one of the highly paid foreign players in Bashundhara Kings.
Any club can register four foreign players, including one Asian, in the AFC Cup and also in the Bangladesh Premier League Football.
Bashundhara Kings will play their first match in the AFC Cup on March 11 at Bangabandhu National Stadium against TC Sports Club of the Maldives.