The logo unveiling and the draw ceremony of the Bangamata Under-19 Women’s International Gold Cup football tournament was held yesterday when the six-nation tourney scheduled to take place from April 22. The colorful draw ceremony was attended by diplomats of some of the participating countries along with the chief guest Salman F Rahman MP, adviser to Prime Minister on private industry and investment.
Bangladesh team were drawn in the Group B along with United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kyrgyzstan. The Group A was comprised with Tajikistan, Laos and Mongolia. Organised by the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), the tournament will be included in the annual calendar of the BFF, as its president Kazi Mohammed Salahuddin stated in the draw ceremony yesterday at a hotel in the capital.
Kazi Salahuddin, who is also the president of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) said that they are organising the tournament to convey the great tribute to the Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib, who had great contribution during all the movements of the independence of the country. Salahuddin also mentioned that from last few years almost all the international football tournament organised by different countries in Asia have already been stopped due to tight schedule of FIFA and AFC assignment – like Merdeka tournament in Malaysia, Nehru Gold Cup in India, King’s Cup in Thailand and President’s Cup in Korea are not organised. “Despite a very the tight schedule of the FIFA and AFC, we have been continuing the Bangabandhu International Gold Cup football tournament and we will also include the Bangamata Under-19 Women’s International tournament in our calendar.”
Salman F Rahman, the chief guest conveying his thanks to the BFF for organising the tournament after the name of Bangamata, said, “Thanks to BFF for organising the tournament with the objectives to encourage and patronise the young girls and I think BFF took the right decision to organize the tournament after the name of Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib.” “I had very close relation with the family of Bangabandhu, as we had the opportunity to have the close touch with the family during our student life and we saw what a dedicated women she (Begum Fazilatunnesa) was and she had great contribution in all our liberation and pre-liberation movements.” “So it is very much justified the name of the tournament after the name of Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnesa Mujib,” Salman F Rahman said.
“Our women teams doing better in the international arena in recent time, in all sectors our women are coming forward and they will be role model in the world. I wish all the success of the tournament and special thanks to the sponsors and like to request to all to continue their supports.”