BFF AGM today

Sports Correspondent

16 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Annual General Meeting will be held today for the first time after the present committee led by BFF President Kazi Salahuddin was elected for the third time in 2016.

The country’s football governing body called an emergency executive committee meeting at BFF House in Dhaka Thursday regarding their preparation of the AGM.

“Accommodation for the councilors has been arranged. A friendly football match was held today (Friday) participation of the councilors in the afternoon. The main activities of congress will start at 11:00am tomorrow (Saturday),” said BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag.

The audit reports of the last three years will be placed in the AGM for approval while the BFF is planning to propose to include councillorships from 12 clubs of Second and Third Division clubs. Newly formed Bangladesh Football Club Association and Bangladesh District and Divisional Football Association, known as rivals of Salahuddin, are however, ready to raise questions on some issues.

“We found many financial irregularities in the rough audit reports of BFF after examining them by the hands of more than one auditor. We will raise this issue in the AGM,” said BFCA president and BDDFA general secretary Tarafder Ruhul Amin Thursday.

The new committee of BFCA was formed at a city hotel Thursday where Police FC manager and Additional IGP Sheikh Mohammad Maruf Hasan was named the new general secretary while BFF vice-presidents Badal Roy and Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi were named senior vice-presidents.

Earlier, BFF decided to hold the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the organization. During an executive committee meeting at BFF House in the capital on August 25, BFF also announced that Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament 2019 will commence on October 22 and go on till November 2 which was later deferred to next year.

Following years of face-off between vested interests in the sports’ apex body, finally BFF announced the date of the much awaited AGM.

Earlier, Bangladesh Football Clubs Association (BFCA), a platform of the country’s football clubs, threatened to call an extraordinary general meeting, if the BFF executive committee failed to publish audit reports and hold an annual general meeting (AGM) soon.

It seems the battle between the two bickering groups — BFCA and Executive committee of BFF — will inflame the next BFF elections, due to be held next April.