BFF awaits outcome of AFC meeting June 5

Sports Correspondent

31 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will sit down with its South Asian member associations to discuss about their present situation ahead of resuming AFC Cup’2020. The meeting is scheduled to be held on June 5 at AFC headquarters in Malaysia with the participation of two representatives from each association.

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) General Secretary Md Abu Nayeem Shohag said that the federation will await the outcome of the meeting.

“AFC will hold a meeting on AFC Cup’2020 on June 5 in Malaysia; we will await advice from them. We corresponded with them on this issue at the request of Bashundhara Kings last week. Informing our overall situation, we asked about their advice and plans ahead of resuming competition. In reply, AFC said they are assessing the present situation including the issues of travel restrictions, travel availability and seeking a ‘new normal time under safest situation’ for resuming the competition,” Shohag said.

Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Champions Bashundhara Kings, which for the first time have been taking part in AFC Cup, beat former Dhivehi (Maldives) Premier League Champions TC Sports Club by 5-1 goals in the group opener on March at Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) called off the ongoing season of domestic leagues including the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Independence Cup and decided to open a new window for player’s registration in September or October.

But Kings, which recruited five foreigners -- Argentine Striker Hernan Barcos, Costa Rican Forward Daniel Colindres, Argentine Defender Nicholas Delmonte, Tajik Defender Akhtam Nazarov and Kyrgyz Midfielder Baktyiar Duishobekov, will be waiting for the official decision from AFC before taking a decision on booters’ contract expiry. About this issue, the BFF GS said, “We also ask them about it and AFC said they will issue new directives on players’ registration window.”