DOT Desk: The six-nation Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament will begin on 15 January at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, reports prothom Alo.
A total of six Asian countries Sri Lanka, Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and hosts Bangladesh — will take part in the 11-day meet, named after father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman, reports news agency UNB.The decision was taken at the 17th executive committee meeting of Bangladesh Football Federation with its president Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin in the chair.
The BFF meeting also decided to organise ceremonial draw and logo unveiling ceremony of the tournament on Saturday (4 January) at the ball room of Sonargaon Hotel in the city.BFF senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy MP was made the chairman of the tournament organising committee.
Meanwhile, the living legend of the world football and World Cup-winning Argentine captain, Diego Maradona, will visit Dhaka during the ‘Mujib Borsho’ marking the birth centenary of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“We’ve discussed this with his (Maradona’s) agent, who gave us a positive response, but he hasn’t confirmed the date yet,” BFF president Kazi Md Salahuddin told newsmen on Tuesday.
He said Maradona will be here responding to an invitation of the Bangladesh Football Federation. “Maradona is likely to make a one or two-day visit to Bangladesh. He’ll meet prime minister Sheikh Hasina and wish her on the 100th birth centenary of Bangabandhu,” the BFF chief added.
BFF has taken several initiatives to mark the ‘Mujib Borsho’ which will begin on 17 March 2020, the birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.