Friday, July 08, 2005

Bangladesh plans a professional league in 2006

A high-level Bangladesh Football Federation team of Senior Vice-President Monir Ahmed, Vice-President Kazi Mohamed Salahuddin and General Secretary Anwarul Haq Helal attended a ‘Vision Bangladesh’ workshop at AFC House, Kuala Lumpur, on Friday to identify key action areas for developing football in their country. They discussed a thorough restructuring of the current BFF administration and the introduction of a professional league by 2006.

”The process for starting a league in Bangladesh is already underway and the likely kickoff date is in May 2006,” Anwarul Haq Helal told AFC Media. “We also agreed to introduce more professionalism in the BFF by appointing experts in all departments.”

For grassroots and youth development, Helal said that an under-12 and under-16 schools' league would be started. “We are going to launch the two leagues in 12 sub-districts from February 2006 and will also hold training classes for sports teachers in schools.”

The AFC’s ‘Vision’ team visited Bangladesh last year and six meetings have been held so far to prepare a masterplan which will suit the needs of the country.