Although Mohammedan's rich trophy cabinet is still a point of envy for their rivals, the Black and Whites have lagged behind in terms of winning silverware over more than a decade. The Motijheel-based outfit still live with the regret of not winning the professional football league since its introduction in 2007.
Inefficiency of club officials has been a major reason behind Mohammedan's failures, which began with them finishing behind the champions in the first three editions before the team were apparently stripped of all pride and turned into a mediocre side, much to the frustration of their large number of supporters that have not wavered despite the lean years.
The new board of directors elected in early March are now taking initiatives to restore that lost pride by paying attention to football. As part of the initiatives, the board yesterday formed a 25-member football committee for the next 2021-22, five months before the ongoing 2020-21 season comes to an end.
Engineer Golam Mohammad Alamgir and Engineer Dato Mohammad Ekramul Haque were named chairman and vice chairman respectively while Abu Hasan Chowdhury Prince was named secretary of the committee. The committee will be assisted by a nine-member technical committee and five-member advisory committee.
"Each club usually forms their squad before the season is declared, so the football committee has been formed to work on forming a champion calibre team for next season. The same committee will also look after matters regarding the team for the ongoing season," Abu Hasan told The Daily Star yesterday.
"We have already estimated a budget for the next season and decided to sign quality foreign players like the foreign recruits of Bashundhara Kings as well as rope in at least 10 new players, including some national players," explained Hasan.
However, former footballer Imitiaz Sultan Jonny said he was not aware of the duties of the technical committee, which besides him also comprises former Mohammedan footballers like Jakaria Pintu, Rummon Bin Wali Sabbir, Kaiser Hamid, Shafiqul Islam Manik, Hasanuzzaman Khan Bablu and Riaz Uuddin and organiser Fazlur Rahman Babul.
"Mohammedan has already recovered from a poor condition and I still don't know the responsibilities and duties of the technical committee. I can tell you once we meet the football committee, which must have a vision before forming the squad," said Jonny. "In the past 15 years, there are no satisfactory tales of Mohammedan football. I think we still have to do a lot of work to restore the pride and the committee should think of contributing to the country's football along with Mohammedan success."