Since independence, a makeshift cattle market of sacrificial animals has been setting up named after Brothers Union Limited in the city’s Gopibagh area. But due to some local influentials, the club has been depriving of its rightful income for the past three years, alleged club’s team manager Md Amer Khan.
“This temporary Gopibagh cattle hat has been taking lease named after Brothers Union Limited since independence. It has been another source of its income. But the club has been depriving of its rightful income for the past three years due to some local influential people, though Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) leases out the hat named after Brothers Union Limited. They are powerful people, political personalities. We’re not equal to them,” Amer told daily Sun on Tuesday.DSCC leased out a cattle hat at the open space between Gopibagh balur math and Kamalapur Stadium this year.
“Club’s officials or members mainly take the lease of the hat, but it run by these influentials including local councillors. It is my turn this year. I would request everyone not to do such a thing that can be a threat to the club,” the team manager further added.
Brothers is not only the club that takes lease temporary cattle hat for Eid. Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society also has been leasing hat for the past 53 years. Club’s general secretary Imteaz Hamid Sabuj said this temporary cattle hat is one of the sources of their income.
However, Brothers Union Ltd, also known as the Gopibagh outfit, is considered one of the top professional clubs in domestic football. In the last season of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Brothers ended 11th in the securing 4 points with four draws and one defeat from five matches under its new Iranian-born German coach Reza Parkas.
Brothers claimed Fed Cup title for three times in 1980, 1991 and 2005; National Championship in 2004, Dhaka Premier Division League for two times in 2003–04 and 2005, Aga Khan Gold Cup in 1981–82. Apart from these, the Gopibagh outfit played AFC Cup for two times in 2005, 2006 and claimed an International trophy Bordoloi Trophy in 2004.
Besides, the club also runs a list A cricket team, named Brothers Union Cricket team, that take part in the Dhaka Premier League (DPL). Brothers Union was not ensnared in Casino scandal, but there are several other complaints against it in arrears issue. Cricketer Tushar Imran, who represents Brothers Union in DPL, said the club hasn’t paid a penny yet.“Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) requested DPL clubs including Brothers to pay at least 50% arrears for players before the Eid, but they haven’t paid a penny yet. They said the arrears will be paid when the league will resume after the Eid vacation. The club does this every year,” the 36-year-old cricketer said.
On the other hand, Brothers Union football team released their five overseas players -- Kingsley Chigozie, Lancine Toure, Jean Jules Ikanga, Vali Jonov Otabek, defender Tuychibayen Murodjon and head coach Reza Parkas as Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) called off the 12th season of BPL on demand of participating clubs.
“We’ve released both foreign, local players and came to the mutual agreements with them. We’ve paid some amount before releasing them. The club isn’t financially solvent. We depend on sponsorships, but now the situation becomes worse. Our sponsors are also facing a hard situation,” Amer replied while asking about the players.