The grand finals of Bangabandhu Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament and Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup Primary School Football Tournament concluded amid a festive environment at Bangabandhu National Stadium in the capital on Thursday.
Horipur Govt Primary School, Joyentapur of Sylhet division earned the title of Bangabandhu Gold Cup while Pachrukhi Govt Primary School of Mymensingh division clinched the title of Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup Primary School Football tournament.In Bangabandhu Gold Cup, Horipur Govt Primary School, Joyentapur of Sylhet division defeated Dokkhin Kanialkhatha Govt Primary School, Nilphamari of Rangpur division by 1-0 goal while Pachrukhi Govt Primary School of Mymensingh division won against Tepurgari BK Govt Primary School, Lalmonirhat of Rangpur division by 1-0 goal in Bangamata Gold Cup final at the same venue.
Moreover, Pachrukhi Govt Primary School of Mymensingh division were the runners-up team in the last edition of Bangamata Gold Cup tournament.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina distributed prizes among the winners during the prize giving ceremony as the chief guest of the event.
State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Ministry Md Zakir Hossen, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Primary and Mass Education Ministry Mustafizur Rahman, President of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Kazi Mohammed Salahuddin, Secretary of Ministry of Primary and Mass Education Md Akram-Al-Hossain and Director General of the Directorate of Primary Education Dr AFM Manzur Kadir were also present in the gala closing ceremony.
Anisul Islam Surjo of Dokkhin Kanialkhatha Govt Primary School, Nilphamari of Rangpur division was announced the best player of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup while Lima Akter of Tepurgari BK Govt Primary School, Lalmonirhat of Rangpur was adjudged best player of the tournament of Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup.
Riyad Hossain of P Sangkar Govt Primary School, Pabna of Rajshahi division was the highest scorer of Bangabandhu Gold Cup with 5 goals to his name whereas Lima Akter of Tepurgari BK Govt Primary School, Lalmonirhat of Rangpur division was the highest scorer with 6 goals in Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib Gold Cup.In Bangabandhu Gold Cup, P Sangkar Govt Primary School, Pabna of Rajshahi division achieved the third spot while Bancharampur Model Govt Primary School, Brahmanbaria of Chattogram division clinched the third position in Bangamata Gold Cup among the participating schools.
The winners of both the tournaments got Tk 300,000 and Golden Trophy each while the runner-ups received Tk 200,000 and Silver Trophy and third spot winner of tourney were awarded Tk 100,000 and Bronze trophy.
The Bangabandhu Gold Cup football tournament began its journey in 2010 paying tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Bangamata Gold Cup was introduced in 2011. The main themes of these two tournaments is ‘Let’s all go to school’.
The two tournaments were held at unions, upazilas, districts and divisional phases and finally concluded in national phase through final matches.
A total of 11,18,515 boys represented 65,795 schools in Bagabandhu Gold Cup while 11,16, 900 girls represented 65,700 schools in Bangamata Gold Cup this year.
On occasion of the two grand finals of the tournaments, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday issued separate statements.
President Abdul Hamid said that Bangabandhu and Bangamata tournaments will play an important role in building beautiful, efficient, talented and healthy nation through physical development of students. He wished every success of the two tournaments.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the government is giving emphasis to sports and cultural activities for intellectual, physical and mental development of the students along with academic studies.
State-owned Bangladesh Television (BTV) telecasted both the finals.