Salahuddin promises a continuation of talent hunt

Sports Correspondent

31 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Football Federation President Kazi Salahuddin said that they would continue talent hunt programs in several phases throughout their four-year tenure.

BFF launched a talent hunt program on Saturday to select young booters with aims to form teams for the upcoming age level competitions including SAFF U-15 Championship 2021, SAFF U-16 Championship 2022 and the qualifiers for AFC U-17 Championship 2023.

The selected booters will play in U-15, U-16 and U-17 teams under the supervision of BFF.

“This talent hunt program is just a beginning, the first phase of our long plan. Our development committee will arrange talent hunt programs in several phases throughout our four-year tenure,” Salahuddin told the reporters in the inaugural program at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. 

“We will run different year-long training for different age level players. But we need finance to provide them with better training facilities. I have applied to the government to support us in this purpose.

 “Hopefully, they will extend their helping hands. If they don’t then BFF has the ability to run the project for at least two age level teams,” he added.

The trials will be held at 64 districts till February 25 under BFF trainers. A total of nine trial sessions at nine different venues – Dhaka, Gopalganj, Bandarban, Khulna, Sunamganj, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Barishal and Sherpur - held on the opening day.

BFF Vice President and development committee Chairman Ataur Rahman Manik, General Secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, national team head coach Jamie Day, assistant coach Stuart Watkiss were also present at the talent hunt launching event.