Dhaka, April 20 (UNB) – Hosts Bangladesh are confident about winning the first edition of Bangamata Women’s U-19 International Gold Cup Football tournament beginning Monday.
Six nations are taking part in the competition which will be played at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).
Bangladesh will take on United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the opening match at 6pm. The hosts will play against Kyrgyzstan on April 26 in the remaining group match.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is expected to inaugurate the 12-day meet named after Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib.
The teams have been divided into two groups. Group A consists of Mongolia, Tajikistan and Laos while Group B comprises UAE, Kyrgyzstan and Bangladesh.
Two top teams from each group will play in the semifinals. Group A champions will play Group B runners-up on April 29 while Group B champions will face Group A runners-up on April 30 at the same venue.
The final is scheduled for May 3.
In a pre-meet press conference at the BFF House on Saturday, Bangladesh Head Coach Golam Rabbani Choton appeared confident about his team.
“Our team made some mistakes in the SAFF Women’s Championship but they’re trying to overcome these lapses,” he said. “The girls are well prepared to take the challenge.”
Bangladesh captain Mishrat Jahan Moushumi concurred. “This time we are well- prepared to win the title, named after the mother of our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
She said her team members “are fit”. “We’ve gathered enough experience from the previous tournament. Now, we’ll try to play good football in every match,” she said. “We’ve been preparing with victory in our mind.”
Bangladesh Football Federation's women wing Chairman and FIFA Council Member Mahfuza Akter Kiron, BFF General Secretary Md Abu Nayeem Shohag, team Manager Amirul Islam Babu, Vice-Captain Maria Manda and BFF Technical and Strategic Director Paul Thomas Smalley were also present at the media conference.
Of the five foreign teams, Tajikistan, UAE and Mongolia are already in Dhaka. Laos are scheduled to arrive Saturday evening while Kyrgyzstan will arrive on Sunday morning.
BFF arranged two practice venues – Abahani ground in Dhanmondi and BNS – for the participating teams. Bangladesh and Mongolia had their practice sessions at BNS while Tajikistan and UAE had theirs at Abahani Club ground.
BFF and K-Sports are jointly organising Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup 2019 to celebrate Fazilatunnesa Mujib’s life and ideals. It will be the first competitive tournament for women arranged by BFF after 2004.
The organisers have already released the event’s theme song and video. A trophy unveiling ceremony will be held at Hotel Intercontinental on Sunday. The tickets are expected to go on sale from Monday at BNS but their prices are yet to be announced.
Bangladesh squad: Rupna Chakma, Mahamuda Akter, Yeamin Akter, Masura Pervin, Mossammot Akhi Khatun, Mossammot Nargis Khatun, Sheuli Azim, Misrat Jahan Mousumi (C), Shamsunnahar, Nilufar Yeasmin Nila, Nazma Akter, Maria Manda (VC), Monika Chakma, Israt Jahan Ratna, Marzia, Mossamot Rajia Khatun, Sanjida Akter, Sirat Jahan Shopna, Krishna Rani Sarker, Shamsunnahar, Sajeda Khatun, Tohura Khatun, and Mossamot Sultana.
Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB) - Fakirerpool Youngmen’s Club outplayed Feni Soccer Club by 1-0 goal in the ongoing Bangladesh Championship League (BCL) football at Bir Shrestra Shaheed Shipahi M Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Friday.
Fakirerpool’s Khandoker scored the lone goal in the 42nd minute that led his side to the victory. Feni Soccer Club tried hard, but failed to level the score.
Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB) - Saif Sporting Club and Rahmatganj MFS completed the first phase of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) football with wins on Friday.
Saif SC defeated Muktijoddha Sangsad KC by 2-0 goals at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj while Rahmatganj MFS overwhelmed Dhaka Mohammedan by 2-1 goals at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
With this win, Saif have now 23 points in all 12 matches with 7 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. On the other hand, ninth-placed Rahmatganj earned 12 points from their 12 BPL matches with 2 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses.
Muktijoddha have 15 points in 12 games with 4 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses while Mohammedan have 6 points in 12 matches with 1 win, 3 draws and 8 losses.
All of these teams ended their first phase remaining in their previous spots. Saif SC remained in the 4th spot while Muktijoddha, Rahmatganj and Mohammedan remained respectively at 6th, 9th and 11th spot in the 13-team league.
After a goalless first half in Gopalganj, Saif’s Russian midfielder Denis Bolshakov led his side scoring a goal in the 48th minute of the game. Muktijoddha got another blow when midfielder Javed Khan doubled the score for Saif SC 2-0.
The hosts tried hard to pay back but failed. The touring side won the game by 2-0 goals.
Rahmatganj registered their second victory in the league beating Mohammedan by 2-1 goals in Dhaka. Defender Mohamed Faysal Ahmed scored the goal in the 4th minute. But, midfielder Mohamed Habibur Rahman Sohag brought relief for Mohammedan by an equaliser 1-1 in the 11th minute of the game.
Eleventh-placed Mohammedan were looking for another draw. But, Rahmatganj’s Congo recruit Siyo Zunapio Jeancy dashed Mohammedan’s hopes when he scored the match winner in the 74th minute.
England, Apr 19 (AP/UNB) — FIFA is backing a 24-hour social media boycott by professional players in England in a protest against racial abuse and revealed plans for a new global campaign to eradicate discrimination in soccer.
Following a series of high-profile cases in recent weeks, the Professional Footballers' Association has gathered support from Premier League stars to stay off Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from 9 a.m. Friday (0800 GMT) until 9 a.m. Saturday as they push for a crackdown on racist messages.
"Collectively, we are simply not willing to stand by while too little is done by football authorities and social media companies to protect players from this disgusting abuse," England and Tottenham defender Danny Rose said on Thursday.
FIFA said that it was listening to the concerns of players and supporting their decision to put pressure on social media companies to take stronger action against racism by not posting for a day.
"We applaud the initiative of the English professional football players," FIFA said in a statement to The Associated Press. "FIFA is fully engaged in combating racism and any form of discrimination not only in football but society in general."
FIFA is preparing to write to all 211 member associations and the six confederations encouraging them to adopt a three-step procedure which allows a referee to stop play, suspend a game and ultimately abandon the fixture if discriminatory abuse persists.
FIFA was criticized in 2016 for dismantling its anti-racism task force after saying its mission had been completed.
Now the Zurich-based governing body says it is "preparing a concrete action with worldwide impact that will launch a powerful campaign against discrimination."
After being targeted with monkey noises while playing for England in Montenegro in a European Championship qualifier last month, Rose said he couldn't wait for his career to end to escape racism in football.
"Football has a problem with racism," Rose said. "I don't want any future players to go through what I've been through in my career."
Unlike Rose, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling does have public accounts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
"Throughout my career I have developed a thick skin against verbal abuse, justifying it as just 'part of the game' but the time has come for Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to consider regulating their channels, taking responsibility for protecting the mental health of users regardless of age, race, sex or income," Smalling said.
"I understand that I am in an extremely privileged position and I am deeply thankful for that but, at the end of the day, we are all human."
Earlier this week, Manchester United condemned abuse directed at Ashley Young online following the club's Champions League exit at Barcelona.
Watford captain Troy Deeney was also targeted with racial insults on Instagram earlier this month after scoring in an FA Cup semifinal win over Wolverhampton.
"My teammates and I have been on the receiving end of well documented abuse from a minority of narrow-minded, ignorant people both on social media and on the pitch," Deeney said. "Any racism in football is too much, and it's essential that we fight it wherever and whenever we see it.
"On Friday we are sending a message to anyone that abuses players — or anyone else — whether from the crowd or online, that we won't tolerate it within football. The boycott is just one small step, but the players are speaking out with one voice against racism — enough is enough."
The PFA has distributed a red graphic featuring the words "Enough. Make a stand against racism."
"While there has been progress in the battle against racism within football, there are still far too many instances of players being abused," said Leicester captain Wes Morgan, who won the Premier League in 2016. "I've heard it in the stands and I've seen it online. We all have. That's why, as players, we are coming together on Friday to say that more must now be done to eradicate racism from our game."
Twitter said earlier this week that it uses "proprietary-built internal technology to proactively find abusive content" but anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out asked for more serious action.
"Football is more popular than it has ever been, but we have a discontented generation of players who won't stand for racist abuse any longer. Enough is enough," Arsenal and England women's team forward Danielle Carter said. "We want to see social media companies take proper responsibility for racist abuse on their platforms and we want them to find solutions."
Dhaka, April 18 (UNB) – Star-studded Bashundhara Kings finished top of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) at the end of the first phase, after outplaying Chattogram Abahani 3-0 on Thursday at their adopted home venue – the Sheikh Kamal Stadium in Nilphamari.
Taking all three points from the day’s game, big budget Bashundhara sealed their domination of the league’s first phase as the only unbeaten team, indeed, dropping a mere 2 points as they won all but one of their 12 games, securing 34 points from 12 matches with 11 wins and a draw. Defending champions Dhaka Abahani finished 2nd on 30 points from their 12 games (10 wins and 2 losses).
In the day’s match, Bakhtiyar put the Kings ahead in first-half stoppage time (45+2 minute), Costa Rica’s World Cup squad member Daniel Colindres doubled the lead in the 78th minute, before Brazilian Marcos Vinicius added a third in the 84th minute to turn it into a canter.
The day’s other match between Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club and NoFeL SC ended in goalless draw at the Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali on Thursday.