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12:00 AM, February 04, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 04, 2019

District football development sans opinion of districts?

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday prepared a development proposal for district football to place before the State Minister for Youth and Sports, but surprisingly the game's local governing body did not discuss the matter with the division and district football associations before finalising the proposal.

The proposal, which has not been disclosed before media, was given approval at the emergency meeting of the BFF executive committee at the BFF House yesterday. The initiative seemingly came after the newly appointed state minister Zahid Ahsan Russel asked all federations to come up with new proposals during his first meeting with sports people of all disciplines on January 16.

“We have invited presidents of district and divisional football associations to participate in the discussion with the State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel day after tomorrow (Tuesday) at the National Sports Council.

“We will place different proposals for development of football on behalf of the executive committee. We discussed those things and prepared the proposal at the emergency meeting. The proposal will be disclosed officially during the meeting with the minister,” BFF's vice president Kazi Nabil Ahmed said after the meeting.

Asked whether they discussed the matter with the stakeholders of DFAs before preparing the proposal, Ahmed said, “We are also stakeholders. We know their opinion and the executive committee made the proposal. We were elected through votes of DFAs, so we are the voice of the DFAs. As we represent the whole country, we have prepared the proposal.”

The DFAs have time and again been asking the BFF to hold annual general meeting (AGM) to let their problems known but the game's local governing body has not held any AGM in the last three years since the polls in April, 2016.

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