Dhaka, Jan 9 (UNB) - Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) on Wednesday refuted the allegation of CCC Mayor and President of Chattogram Jila Football Association ASM Nasiruddin that it is not cooperating in arranging the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup football.
“Nasiruddin in a report broadcast in a private television channel on January 7 alleged that the federation is not cooperating for arranging the third edition of the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup which is not true,” it said in a press release.
The federation brought a counter allegation, saying it did not receive any response from host club Chattogram Abahani Limited even after sending letters and emails repeatedly for hosting Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup in 2018 and 2019.
The BFF said it is always ready and committed to extend cooperation to arrange the third Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup anytime.
Dhaka, Jan 9 (UNB) – Three Bangladeshi players—Mashfia Afrin, Suborna Khantun and Mahadi Hasan Alve—advanced to the quarterfinals in Division-2 matches of the ITF Asian Under-14 Development Championships 2019 in the Thai capital Bangkok on Wednesday.
In the girls’ singles, Mashfia Afrin (BAN) beat Karma Yuden Dorji (BHU) 6-0, 6-1 while Suborna Khatun (BAN) beat Isha Shree Shan (NEP) 7-5, 4-6,1-0 (Retired) to reach the event’s quarterfinals while another Bangladeshi Sadia Afrin was eliminated from the event losing to Varbhara Liubchenko (KGZ) 1-6, 1-6.
In the boys’ singles, Mahadi Hasan Alve (BAN) beat Hamid Isral Gul (PAK) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 to qualify for the quarterfinal while Zubaid Utsho (BAN) lost to Amir Ali Ghavam (IRI) 5-7, 3-6 and was eliminated from the event.
Md Roman Hossain (BAN) beat Chirag Timilsina (NEP) 2-4, 5-4, 13-11 in a position deciding match of the boys’ singles.
Rio de Janeiro, Jan 9 (AP/UNB) — Ronaldinho has joined the hall of fame of Rio de Janeiro's famous Maracana stadium.
The 2002 World Cup champion and 2006 Champions League winner with Barcelona was given the honor on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old star joined Pele, Garrincha, Zico and other Brazilian greats who also have footprints in the stadium's hall of fame.
"This is one of the greatest achievements of my career," an emotional Ronaldinho said at the ceremony.
Ronaldinho played for local giants Flamengo between 2011 and 2012, but did not win any trophies during that spell.
The tribute comes during troubled times for the Brazilian, who had his passport seized by police in November. The decision is related to a $2.5 million debt.
United Arab Emirates, Jan 8 (AP/UNB) — With coach Marcello Lippi in charge and the team needing a bit of help from an own-goal, China came from behind to beat Kyrgyzstan 2-1 at the Asian Cup on Monday.
Lippi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, is trying to win another title in what is likely to be his last major tournament. But it won't be easy in the United Arab Emirates.
Another coaching heavyweight, Sven-Goran Eriksson, lost his opening match of the Asian Cup when South Korea defeated the Philippines 1-0 in Dubai in the other Group C game.
In Group D, another favorite, Iran, routed Yemen 5-0.
China entered the Asian Cup with one win in seven games, including draws against Palestine, India, and Bahrain. It didn't look much better at the start of Monday's match.
Akhlidin Israilov gave Kyrgyzstan the lead with a low left-foot shot from outside the box just before halftime.
But five minutes into the second half, Kyrgyzstan goalkeeper Pavel Matiash jumped to handle what seemed to be an easy catch following a corner kick. He was under no pressure with two of his teammates around him, but the ball went into the net off his gloves.
Yu Dabao then angled in a left-footer in the 78th minute to ensure the fourth straight victory for China in its Asian Cup opening game and improve its record against Kyrgyzstan to 3-0.
A runner-up in 1984 and 2004, China faces the Philippines and South Korea in its remaining group games.
In Dubai, the Philippines had only 18 percent possession against the 2015 Asian Cup runner-up but managed to hold firm until the 67th minute.
With forward Son Heung-min absent, Hwang Ui-jo scored the lone goal for South Korea.
The in-form Son is still with his Tottenham club for one more English Premier League match against Manchester United on Sunday before joining South Korea. He could be away for up to five of Tottenham's matches in all competitions if South Korea reaches the final on Feb. 1 in Abu Dhabi.
South Korea reached the final at the previous Asian Cup.
In Abu Dhabi, two first-half goals from Mehdi Taremi helped Iran ease past Yemen.
Iran is seeking a fourth title, with former Real Madrid and Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz in charge of Asia's top-ranked team.
Mexico City, Jan 8 (AP/UNB) — Aware Mexico is obsessed with reaching the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1986, Gerardo "Tata" Martino did not make any promises when he was introduced as El Tri's new coach.
"I can't answer how is it that I will be able to reach the fifth game of a World Cup that it's going to be played in four years and when we still have the qualifying rounds ahead of us," Martino said Monday. "It's impossible to evaluate what will happen in four years when there is so much ahead of us."
A former coach of Barcelona and Argentina's national team, Martino joins Mexico after leading Atlanta United to Major League Soccer's title last month in the expansion team's second season.
Mexico upset Germany in its World Cup opener last year but lost 2-0 to Brazil in the round of 16. El Tri reached the quarterfinals only in 1970 and 1986, both at home.
"What I'm aspiring to do is to have a reliable team as soon as possible, a team that knows how to play," Martino said. "That is the ultimate pressure that we have now as a coaching staff."
Martino is the third Argentine to coach Mexico after Cesar Luis Menotti (1991-92) and Ricardo La Volpe (2002-06).
"Mexico has been consistent in being one of the best 16 teams in World Cups. We hope to be better than that in this process," Mexico Football Federation President Yon De Luisa said.
The 56-year-old takes over from Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio, who left to coach Paraguay.
"My commitment is to work with all my effort to make the Mexican team a bigger one," Martino said. "Mexico is one of the countries that have grown more in the last few years. To be able to systematically qualify to the second round in the World Cup. It's a sign of progress."
Martino coached Paraguay to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup and a second-place finish at the 2011 Copa America, then Newell's Old Boys to the 2013 Copa Libertadores semifinals. He led Argentina to losses in the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals, both on penalty kicks.
"What I want to do is build a good team with a clear idea and style of play that every fan can understand," Martino said. "The results are a consequence of your style of play and Mexico, between the players in Europe, Mexico and the MLS, can definitely build a good team".
Martino will debut with Mexico with friendly matches against Chile on March 22 at San Diego and four days later against Paraguay at Santa Clara, California. His first competitive match will be El Tri's CONCACAF Gold Cup opener on June 15 at Pasadena, California.