British footballers return to Bangladeshi homeland

A 15-member British football team with players of Bangladeshi origin have arrived in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, to play friendly matches in a bid to strengthen bonding with the local culture, reported bdnews24.com. Aftab Rahman, team leader of the Bangladeshi Youth Forum, said they would play a number of matches in several towns during their 20-day stay in Bangladesh, the home of their ancestors.

The visiting youths will also launch a linkage program for learning English between British and Bangladeshi schools, organise workshops for cancer awareness and supply tube wells for safe drinking water.

Rahman was speaking at a press conference hosted by British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury at his Dhaka home. The envoy praised Bangladeshis living in the United Kingdom for their contribution to various sectors. "Bangladeshis are even leading Britons in some areas," he said, adding that he was hopeful that the visiting youths would have a first-hand idea of rich Bangladeshi tradition and culture.

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