Friday, 2 December, 2022
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Kushtia divided by Argentina, Brazil as World Cup fever grips Bangladesh

With one of the most eagerly anticipated World Cups just around the corner now, supporters of Brazil and Argentina have already started challenging and bickering with each other with the speculation of who is going to the final.

The flags of Argentina and Brazil fly everywhere.

Like football fans from all over the world, football lovers in Bangladesh's Kushtia are also excited.

To make this World Cup memorable, supporters of Brazil and Argentina from Bakchi Satpankhia of Kumarkhali's Jagannathpur Union and Shyamganj of Gopgram Union of Khoksa Upazila aln being htheir favorite team's flags on the trees and poles on both sides of the roads for a month.

Football lovers here are carrying out various activities including flying banners, erecting festoons, hoisting flags at various places to show their support and love for their favourite teams.

As a part of this work, they made two giant flags of Brazil and Argentina.

Among them, the Argentine flag is about 1050 hands long while Brazilian fans hang about 850 hand-long flags.

Since 2010, the local residents have been creating such flags.

People of different ages from different areas are flocking to Gopgram to have a glimpse of these flags.

Argentina supporter Shamim said, "This year, the players of the favorite team, Argentina, are playing well. I hope we will beat Brazil in the final and take the cup.'

On the other hand, Rashidul, a supporter of Brazil, said, 'We are five-time champions. This time we will take the cup. But I want to see Argentina as a rival in the final.

Syed Ashiqur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Khoksa police station, said, there is no problem with that people will support their respective teams but care should be taken so that the law and order situation does not deteriorate.

"Law enforcers are aware of this," the OC added.