A brilliant hat-trick from forward Nshimirimana Jospin sent Burundi in the final of the ongoing six-team Bangabandhu International Gold Cup Football Tournament as they routed hosts Bangladesh by 3-0 goals in the second semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Burundi will play against Palestine in the final match on January 25 at 4 pm at the same venue. Palestine confirmed their spot for the final after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Seychelles in the first semifinal.
Jospin scored twice just few minutes before the half-time and made his second hat-trick of the ongoing meet scoring third goal in the second half.
The 18-year-old forward scored the opener with a smart tap-in shot from goal mouth melee while defender Rayhan failed to intercept a cross from defender Ngabonziza Blanchard in the 43rd minute (1-0) and doubled the margin with an eye-catching header, off the second successful cross from Blanchard in the stoppage time (46th minute) (2-0).
He netted the third goal and sealed the fate for his side with a left-footer angular shot inside the box in the 79th minute (3-0).
Jospin scored his and the tournament’s first hat-trick scoring three goals against Mauritius in the first group match. He also scored one against Seychelles in the second and last group match. With the feat, the young East African forward reached the summit of the scorer list in the ongoing meet.
The home side made two changes -- Captain Jamal Bhuiyan returned in the squad while defender Rayhan Hasan replaced defender Topu Barman who was suspended conceded a red card (two yellow cards) in the last match against Sri Lanka. Burundi made one change – forward Ciza Thierry came in the place of midfielder Musaga Henry.
Bangladesh got a blow while their forward Motin Miah, who netted a brace against Sri Lanka in the last match, left the field with an injury just few minutes after the starting of the game. Forward Mahbubur Rahman Sufil took his charges.
Bangladesh got a close chance in the 8th but forward Mohammad Ibrahim failed to bury the ball while substitute forward Sufil sent the ball to him inside the box.
After conceding two goals, the hosts came alive and started to play pressing football in the second half. But forward Saad Uddin, defender Riyadul Hasan Rafi and veteran midfielder Mamunul Islam Mamun wasted all the chances.
Sufil missed a chance while his glancing header from the goal mouth melee went on edging the far post while SaadUddin sent the ball to him with a cut-back pass and two long-range shots by Captain Jamal Bhuiyan from nearer the box were smartly denied by Burundi Goalkeeper NdizeyeFales.
Burundi defender Hitimana Hamza and midfielder Nkurunziza Yannick got one yellow card each while Bangladesh’s Mahbubur Rahman Sufil got one.
Bangladesh: Ashraful Islam Rana (GK), Rayhan Hasan, Rahmat Mia, MotinMiah (Mahbubur Rahman Sufil), Saad Uddin, Sohel Rana, Mohammad Ibrahim, Jamal Bhuiyan, Manik Hossain Mollah (Mamunul Islam Mamun), Riyadul Hasan Rafi, Bishwanath Ghosh.
Burundi: Ndizeye Fales (GK), Ngabonziza Blanchard, Gasongo Benjamin (Brandon Chebby), Tambwe Amissi (C), Ndikumana Asman, Nkurunziza Yannick, Masudi Narcisse, Nshimirimana Jospin, Hitimana Hamza, Ndikumana Merci.
The super agents of soccer have pressing priorities beyond trading players in the January transfer window: Protecting their ability to enjoy unrestricted cuts of deals.
Jorge Mendes, Mino Raiola and Jonathan Barnett, who have earned tens of millions of dollars from player transfers, were among agents who gathered in London on Wednesday to formulate the fight against FIFA's plans to curb their commissions.
FIFA wants to limit the excesses of an industry that allowed Raiola to earn 27 million euros ($30 million) from Juventus from the 105 million euro deal that took Paul Pogba back to Manchester United 2016.
In a move that would keep cash from seeping out of the game, FIFA has agreed in principle to cap agent earnings at a maximum 10% of transfer fees when acting for the selling club. Agents could also be prevented from taking more than 3% of a player's salary, or 6% when they are also acting for the buying club. Agents would be prohibited from representing both the buying and selling clubs in a transfer.
The plans threaten the fortunes of agents, whose commissions have quadrupled since 2015 to $653.9 million last year, according to FIFA.
The Association of Football Agents, who met in private on Wednesday, is calling for more openness and consultation from FIFA.
But the Gianni Infantino-led global governing body is ready to fight agents in court to defend the restrictions endorsed by FIFA's stakeholders committee and ruling council last year.
"Those who are behaving properly shouldn't be afraid of these potential regulations," FIFA's chief legal officer Emilio García told The Associated Press by telephone as the agents met. "Of course agents are needed. Agents should be paid but we need to impose some commons sense in the current transfer market."
While agent pay is being capped, FIFA has no desire to restrict what players can earn.
"The cap on commissions is to avoid excessive and abusive practices that we have seen in the past," Garcia said, without singling out any agents or their deals.
Agents like Barnett complain they weren't around the table with FIFA formulating the new agent regulations. García contends that two meetings with Barnett were held in 2018 while maintaining that this group of agents aren't the only ones FIFA is talking to.
"We are looking at the global market — there are a lot of small agents doing a different thing from Mr. Barnett and this group," García said. "It's not just one group of super agents that wanted to be consulted. We need to speak to agents in Europe, south america and all over the world
"We are a global organization. They are more than welcome. They need to understand they are not the only ones."
But the Association of Football Agents does believe it has an elevated status to make FIFA listen and start again.
"We aren't going to have them unilaterally dictate what they want to happen," AFA President Mel Stein said. "We want to have a consultative process with a clean sheet of paper in front of us without anyone taking a position beforehand and saying nothing is negotiable."
The agents didn't just have the FIFA changes on their mind at the London meeting. They also used it as a public platform to engage in transfer talk with the Jan. 31 European trading cut-off looming.
Entering the meeting in north London, there was Gareth Bale's agent, Barnett, saying the forward won't be forced out of Real Madrid before his contract expires in 2022. Pogba's agent, Raiola, grumbled in front of cameras about the injured French midfielder's ambitions not being met by Manchester United. And Mendes talked up a transfer for United target Bruno Fernandes, who remains at Lisbon club Sporting.
Completing any deals this year could be crucial for the agents as FIFA is determined to ensure the limitations on their earnings take effect from 2021.
Neymar was involved in all three goals as Paris Saint-Germain cruised past Reims 3-0 on Wednesday to set up a League Cup final against Lyon.
The home side had a player sent off with about 20 minutes left but PSG was already 2-0 up in the semifinal by then.
Brazil center half Marquinhos rose well near the back post to head in Neymar's floating corner from the right in the ninth minute.
For the next goal, Neymar whipped in a free kick from the left which eluded the head of Marquinhos before being turned into the net by defender Ghislain Konan for an own goal in the 31st.
Moments after midfielder Marshall Munetsi was shown the red card for clattering into Marco Verratti from behind, PSG added a third goal in the 77th.
Neymar clipped a corner from the right perfectly into the path of midfielder Leandro Paredes and his firm volley from the edge of the penalty area was saved by goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic. But the ball hit the post and rolled to 17-year-old defender Tanguy Kouassi for a tap-in.
Tempers frayed near the end as Rajkovic was booked for shoving forward Kylian Mbappé in the back and knocking him over. But seconds before, Mbappé had needlessly kicked the ball away when Rajkovic was preparing to take a kick.
Mbappé received a yellow card in the last minute for scooping the ball into the net with his hand as he fell over when challenging for it with Reims players. He was perhaps lucky to escape a caution for seemingly diving when trying to win a penalty in the first half.
The final will be held on April 4.
In the other semifinal, Lyon beat visiting Lille on Tuesday in a penalty shootout after the match finished 2-2.
Manchester United lost to Burnley at Old Trafford for the first time since 1962 as fans expressed their anger at the state of the club under the owning Glazer family.
Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez netted either side of halftime to give Burnley a 2-0 victory in the Premier League on Wednesday.
The performance spurred United fans to start singing "stand up if you hate Glazers."
The American owners and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward were subjected to many other chants on a miserable night for United, whose injury-hit side flailed after a promising start.
United, which lost at Liverpool on Sunday, is six points behind fourth-place Chelsea in the chase for Champions League qualification. Burnley moved to seven points clear of the relegation zone in 13th place.
Former Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar arrived in the capital on Wednesday on the two-day visit as a part of the campaign for the ongoing six-team Bangabandhu Gold Cup Football Tournament.
The FIFA legend Julio Cesar along with FIFA official Miguel Filipe Augusto landed at 5 pm at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here.
The Brazilian legend will pass a busy schedule on Thursday and attend several programs during his two-day visit before leaving Dhaka on Friday at 1 pm.
Julio Cesar will pay the homage by placing wreaths at the portrait of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at historic Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka and will meet the press there at 11:30 am.
Later, the former Brazil goalkeeper will meet the members of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and members of the Swadhin Bangla Football team at 1:30 pm at the BFF house in Motijheel, will address a press conference there at 3:30 pm and will witness the second semifinal match of Bangabandhu Gold Cup between Bangladesh and Burundi at 5 pm on the day.
The 40-year-old Cesar played 87 international matches for Brazil from 2004 to 2014. He was selected for three FIFA World Cups in 2006, 2010, 2014 and two Copa America in 2004 and 2011.
Besides, he was also the member of Italian club Inter Milan, which clinched the UEFA Champions League 2009-10 and the FIFA Club World Cup 2010 titles.
Cesar also won Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year title in both 2009 and 2010 and won the Golden Glove award in the Confederations Cup 2013.