Bagerhat Bahumukhi Collegiate School emerged champions in the National School Football Tournament 2019-20, arranged by Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), beating Feni Chhagalnaiya Pilot High School by 4-0 goals in the final at the outer stadium of Paltan Maidan on Saturday.
Captain Ramjan Sheikh, Hasan Hawladar, Tamim Hossain and Mirazul Islam scored one goal each for the winning side. In a post match reaction, the winning team captain Ramjan said, “We have played for the first time in this competition. We never thought of the championship. We started the meet (final phase) with a defeat because we played only 10 members in the first match here. Most of our players failed in medical tests. Later, we brought 3 more players from districts, among them one tested positive for COVID-19. We have played 12 players in the final.”Bagerhat Collegiate School started their campaign conceding 1-2 goals defeat to Daudpur High School Dinajpur in the first match while played 0-0 goal draw with Feni Chhagalnaiya Pilot High School in their second match and beat Suti VM Pilot Govt. High School Tangail by 1-0 goal in the third match. In the semis, Bagerhat Collegiate School beat Naohata Govt. High School Rajshahi by 2-1 goals on Thursday.
The champions were awarded by Tk 1,00,000 while runners-up team Tk 50,000. Hasan Hawladar of Bagerhat Collegiate School adjudged the man of the final and his teammate Habibur Rahman the best goalkeeper. Muntadir Fuad Ibne Nur adjudged the best player and top scorer of the tournament scoring 4 goals in the final phase of the competition.
In a reaction, the top scorer Fuad said, “My team has played for the first time in such a big competition. A little bit upset because we lost the final. I’ve earlier played in Dhaka but my team has played for the first time here. I have played in the development cup (U-15) in 2017.”
Bangladesh Football Federation Kazi Salahuddin distributed prizes among the winners as the chief guest. BFF executive committee members and officials were also present there.
Meanwhile, the final round of the school football began on Dec 18. Eight teams, split into two groups, take part in the competition. Earlier, a total of 57 schools from 57 districts took part in the first phase of the meet held last March.