Thu, Jul 10th, 2008 11:11 pm BdST
Dhaka, July 10 (bdnews24.com) – The Aga Khan Foundation Thursday asked the Bangladesh Football Federation to submit a five-year projection report on reviving the Aga Khan Gold Cup in Bangladesh.
“They are positive about reviving the Aga Khan Gold Cup in Bangladesh and want a five-year projection on what value the tournament will hold in future,” said BFF vice president Kazi Nabil Ahmed, after a meeting with the representatives of the Shia Imami Islamic Council, an organisation of the Aga Khan Foundation.
“We told them that all things depend on the domestic football and the Gold Cup will get more attention in future if the local football game goes in the right direction,” Ahmed told reporters at the BFF House.
During Prince Aga Khan’s visit to Bangladesh in May, BFF president Kazi Salahuddin requested Khan to revive the Aga Khan Gold Cup in Bangladesh, which hosted the meet 17 times in the past. The last Aga Khan Gold Cup was held in 1982.
The three-member delegation, headed by Hossain Hyder Ali, also asked the federation to revise their estimated budget exceeding taka four crore, modifying different segments such as publicity cost, hotel tariffs, air fare etc.
“We will submit the revised budget in a week,” Ahmed said, “We are hoping to strike an agreement within three months and to hold the Cup either in January or in February 2009 after the completion of the second edition B. League.”
The BFF vice president said they had a plan to hold the tournament with 10 to 12 teams, including a few foreign clubs from Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nepal and India etc.