South Asia’s football excellence title is coming home after 19 years. The boys won the title in 2003. This time the girls won the title. Sabina Khatun-Sapna Rani-Sanjida Akhtar will return home with that title on Wednesday.
Mahmuda Akhtar Kiran, chairman of BAFUF women’s team, was with the Bangladesh women’s team at the Safar event. BAUF President Kazi Salauddin did not go to Kathmandu. Even if the girls return home on Wednesday, he will not go to the airport.
Because he thinks that the focus of the general public and the media will shift away from the girls and onto him when he goes to the airport. He wants the girls who have brought honor to the country. Let the light fall on those who have become champions. Don’t get it wrong, the president said, from his house near the airport.
At the press conference on Tuesday, the president said, ‘If I go to Kathmandu, it could have been good and it could have been bad. If I went, maybe the girls would be stressed. If there is extra pressure on them, that’s why I didn’t go. But I have seen all their games.’
When the girls return home on Wednesday, they will be welcomed by Bafuf. BAFF Vice-President and other officials will go to ‘receive’ them at the airport. Besides, officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports can also visit the airport. But don’t go Salahuddin.
Referring to the reason, he told the media, ‘I will not go to the airport. If the reason goes, you will ask me. It is a girls team, they played and won the championship. I want the light to be on them. Many will go. The secretary will go. I want you to make it the Player’s Cup. You will not be mistaken about my not going.’