Monday, February 26, 2007

AFC's Mony to attend opening of new B.League

Asian Football Confederation General Secretary Dato Paul Mony will lead a three-member AFC delegation to Bangladesh for the launching of the new, professional B.League on 2 March and the opening game between Abahani and Muktjoddha Sangsad at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. The other delegates are AFC development officer Imteaz Rahman and football writer Chetan Kulkarni. The Bangladesh Football Federation is organising the event which will include a concert by star singer Ayub Bachchu.

In the B.League clubs, will have to deposit seven percent of their gate money within three days of each matchday to the BFF. However for the inaugural game, the BFF has retained ticket rights. "As the BFF will spend a lot of money to make the memorable event colourful, we will have the rights of ticket selling," BFF General Secretary Anwarul Hoque Helal told The Daily Star. "We will give them [the home club, Muktjoddha Sangsad] a portion of the gate money," he added without elaborating.

Home teams will also get four advertisement billboards at the ground on matchday for their own sponsors.The BFF is providing one Nike Aero 90 football, the official matchball for the tournament, for practice to each club, and will extraunits to clubs as required.

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