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BFF turns premier league into a joke

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  • 30th July, 2021 11:25:28 PM
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BFF turns premier league into a joke

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Bangladesh Football Federation has turned the country’s top-tier domestic football competition Bangladesh Premier League into a joke after they again postponed the league just a few hours before the scheduled matches on Friday.
 
BFF earlier on Thursday night confirmed that the BPL matches would resume from Friday as they received special permission from the government to resume the league amid the ongoing countrywide lockdown.
 
It wasn’t the first incident when BFF had to make last-minute adjustments for the BPL matches in the ongoing season.
 
The first drama was staged on July 1 when they started the league within the lockdown and then suspended it just after the first day’s match.
 
BFF again wanted to resume the league on July 24 after a four-day Eid break but later suspended it on July 23 due to the ongoing lockdown.
 
BFF Senior Vice-President and Professional Football League Committee Chairman Abdus Salam Murshedy, who had a meeting at the secretariat on Thursday, told The Daily Sun that there was no discussion on resuming the BPL matches over there.
 
“I don’t know why the competition department did it because I was too busy with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) at the secretariat yesterday (Thursday),” he said on Friday.
 
“Our whole discussion was about the garment industry. We didn't talk about football.
 
“We are very positive to resume the league because the players will be benefited through it if we can end it successfully. But we have to wait for a clear confirmation from the government,” he added.
 
Murshedy's statement revealed BFF’s unprofessionalism and lack of coordination between its departments which has deeply affected the players
 
“We all know that the league won't start before August 5. How did BFF publish the schedule from July 30 without permission from the government? It was ridiculous,” said former national striker Zahid Hasan Ameli, who plays for Brothers Union in the ongoing league.
 
Chattogram Abahani midfielder Rakib Hossain also expressed his frustration with such a decision.
 
“We are really frustrated with BFF’s decision. It discourages us. We want the league on the field soon. It’s not expected to be cancelled again like the previous time,” Rakib said.
 
Uttar Baridhara’s Uzbek midfielder Evgeniy Kochnev also shared his anger on BFF’s decision on his social media account.

“Please BFF, cancel the league, enough circus, how can you cancel the game again two hours before the start of the game. It’s not respect for clubs, players and all the people of Bangladesh. No need to play in this league again,” Kochnev wrote on Facebook after the league got postponed again.