Dhaka, October 30: Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa, the president of Asian Football Confederation and the vice president FIFA has vowed to extend all possible coordination towards the development process of Bangladesh football.
In a press meet held at the BFF House on Monday, Sheikh Salman thought Bangladesh is on the right track to turn the things round.
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin greeted the AFC president as a friend of Bangladesh. “I consider the president of the AFC as a brother and friend of mine and Bangladesh as a nation. Any time I reached him, the problem was solved into two minutes. This is the kind of friend that is hard to find in the world. He is one of the most decent human being I have come across” said Salahuddin.
Sheikh Salman praised Bangladesh for its commitment. “Your teams have been participating in all AFC competitions which showed your commitment in developing the sports in country. We are working with you and your administration to see what can be done. We have seen the progress that is always more to be done. Three mini-pitches that have already been approved by FIFA. I think the best yet to come” said Salman.
“Some Asian nation in women’s football are among the top of world women’s football and Bangladesh are also developing women’s football. The U-16 women’s football have qualified for the U-16 final rounds and like a nation of Bangladesh can do lot better. For a country of 170 million, the only way is up” added the AFC chief.
He thought the three pitches will add the pace in the development process. “Three mini pitches will be ready very soon and I hope they will asking for more because country like Bangladesh where there is so much rain, this type of pitch will help them rolling football round the year,” said Salman.
The AFC chief asked the federation to remain upbeat. “Every country goes ups and downs. Sometimes you have good generation and bad generation. The most important thing is how you pick up yourselves and build again. So far MA has everything to bring football on the track,, they need the help of clubs as well. The national association can’t run the clubs, the clubs are run by independent people. It depends on how well they do and it depends on how the national resources. The FA has responsibility and the clubs have also some responsibility to run the show. You can’t expect the association to run football academy. It has to come from the clubs because clubs can create league on their own for the young. It is important for the clubs to focus on the grass-root before focusing on the first team” concluded Salman.
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