Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Bangladesh reverts to 10-team national league

After conducting a 12-team league last year, the Bangladesh National Football League has decided to return to a 10-team format this year. Committee secretary Manzoor Hossain Malu, who is also the Bangladesh Football Federation Deputy General Secretary, informed AFC Media that six zonal champions, winners and runners-up of last year's NFL, Dhaka Premier League champions and the Federation Cup winners will complete the line-up.

If one team qualifies from two or more championships, the next best team will not get an automatic berth. The BFF will evaluate the team's overall performance and popularity before deciding on their fate. Only Brothers Union, as both NFL and Federation Cup champions, and Muktijoddha Sangsad, as NFL runners-up, are guaranteed their places in the finals.

Following the Asian Football Confederation directives to raise the standard of football administration, the Bangladesh Football Federation has started recruiting professionals.

BFF general secretary Anwarul Haque Helal said the BFF is going to recruit eight officials for different departments. The recruitment includes an executive director, marketing manager, professional manager, communication manager, Vision Bangladesh manager, finance manager, administrative and development officers. The officials are likely to join BFF on 1 September