Kings pay tribute to language martyrs

Ayan Soofi

21 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bashundhara Kings have been the harbinger of many new initiatives in Bangladesh’s football and in the continuation of this process, Kings paid tribute to language martyrs by practicing in jerseys with their names imprinted in Bangla language before their Bangladesh Premier League match on Thursday.

It was a beautiful tribute to martyrs of Language movement of 1952 which is now internationally recognised as International Mother Language Day.

Bashundhara Kings’ President Imrul Hassan was the architect behind the tribute and was ecstatic after being able to pull off such a beautiful gesture of gratefulness towards the sacrifices made by the golden sons of the land.

“We always had this plan to pay respect and tribute to the language martyrs and everyone involved in the struggle who made sure that we have the right to speak in our mother language,” told Imrul Hassan.

“We were looking forward to a fixture where we have a game ahead or immediately after International Mother Language Day. Fortunately this year we had the opportunity and we decided to utilise this chance to pay homage to our ancestors who fought for our rights,” added Imrul Hassan.

Bashundhara Kings feature a heavyweight line-up of foreign stars and they were inspired after they got to know about the heroic language martyrs and the struggle they had to go through to earn us the right to our language.

“All of our foreign players were very excited to be part of this initiative after they were told the story of our Language Movement and the significance this bears for us as a nation,” said Imrul.

“Many of them were really moved by the story of the movement and were very enthusiastic to pay homage to those brave souls,” told Hassan.

Bashundhara Kings President also informed that Bashundhara Kings Women’s Football Team will also be paying tribute to language martyrs in their upcoming league game.

Bashundhara Kings have brought in many novelties in Bangladesh’s football after they clinched their maiden BPL crown in their first appearance in league in the previous season securing 63 points from 20 wins, 3 draws and a defeat from all 24 matches while Dhaka Abahani finished runners-up earning 58 points from 24 matches from 19 wins, a draw and 4 defeats.

The champions recorded the biggest home win of the season beating Brothers Union FC by 5-0 goals at this lucky stadium.

This year, thirteen teams are going to take part in the double-league format. A total of 312 matches, split into 26 rounds, will be held at country’s seven different venues — Bangabandhu National Stadium, Rafiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium, Sheikh Kamal Stadium, Sylhet District Stadium, Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj, Shaheed Bulu Stadium in Noakhali and Shaheed Salam Stadium in Feni.

Kings also clinched title of the season-curtain raiser Federation Cup beating Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society by 2-1 goals in the final of the 31st edition of the meet on January.

Kings inked a 10-month deal with Argentine striker Hernan Barcos for BPL second phase and AFC Cup.  Kings extended their contract with their forward Daniel Colindres and signed Argentine defender Nicolas Delmonte, Tajik defender Akhtam Nazarov, and Kyrgyz midfielder Baktyir Duishobekov.