Bangladesh Football Federation president Kazi Salahuddin yesterday said that club structure has pegged the country’s football back as the game’s local governing body could not bring the clubs in a professional structure despite repeated attempts over the past 10 years.
The BFF president said this during a press conference in reply to media’s query regarding the national team’s performance against Palestine in the ongoing Bangabandhu Gold Cup which they lost 2-0.
“I am not disappointed with the result, but I am sad. We can’t play on the ground; we can only provide all kinds of facilities the team needs,” said Salahuddin.
In a reply to a supplementary question, Salahuddin said, “Producing footballers is clubs’ duty, not the federation’s. But it is true that we could not bring the clubs in a professional structure despite repeated initiatives such as holding seminars with FIFA/AFC experts, instruction of building youth teams etc. The club structure has pegged our football back. It is also true that we need clubs, who, however, have been changing their mentality.”
Except for a couple of clubs, there has been no youth squads of the professional clubs since the introduction of the professional football league in 2007. The clubs have also not taken any visible initiative in this regard and performed their duty by only forming teams ahead of any youth tournament. Besides, BFF is focused on holding top-flight leagues such as the premier league and the championship league and it is apparently reluctant to hold leagues at lower levels and district level.