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Bangladeshi ex-booters bewail for Badal

MD ANWAR ULLAH, Dhaka
Bangladeshi ex-booters bewail for Badal

Former Bangladeshi booters mourned the death of legendary footballer Badal Roy who breathed his last at a local hospital in Dhaka on Sunday.                                                           
Badal Roy, who started his career in the country’s top flight competition in 1977 for Dhaka Mohammedan Sporting Club (MSC) also ended his colourful career with Mohammedan. He did not leave his beloved Mohammedan even after his retirement thereafter turned into one of the influential members of the traditional Black and White. 

At the death of Badal Roy some of his playing mates of the national team, his predecessors and seniors colleagues of Mohammedan reminisced their memories with one of the greatest players of all the time. 

When the dead body of Badal Roy was taken at his club Mohammedan and then at the Bangabandhu National Stadium, thousands of fans, organizers and players gathered to convey their last respect.

Legendary footballers like Zakaria Pintu, Pratap Sankar Hazra, Ashraf Uddin Ahmed, Ruman-bin Wali Sabbir, Kaiser Hamid also came to show their last respect and expressed their deep shock and recollected their memories. 

Pratap Sankar, a brilliant athlete, who had the credit of playing both Hockey and Football at national level and also was one of the all-time greats of Mohammedan, told the Independent, “In fact, when my playing life ended, Badal just started his career in 1977.” 

“I found Badal as a Mohammedan player when I was one of the members of the club. He was a real genius and a cool-headed player and obviously had great devotion for the club as from first to last he played only for Mohammedan and after completing his career did not even leave the club but turned into an official of the same club,” said Pratap. 

“Badal loved football so much till the last stage of his life and he served as the Joint Secretary of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and was also the Vice-President of BFF for three times. Bangladesh football lost a great organizer,” said Pratap. 
Ashraf Uddin Ahmed Chunnu, one of the former national stars of Bangladesh football, who played in Badal’s rival teams shared some of his memories about Badal with the Independent saying that though he (Chunnu) was three to four years senior but they had very good friendship. 

“I started the top flight in 1973 with Dilkusha SC and Badal started straight with MSC in 1977 but we became friends very soon.”

He was so much talented that being a newcomer he drew attentions of all with his performance and sealed his position very soon in a team like Mohammedan, he reminisced adding that Badal was a devoted footballer as well as an organizer which he proved at the last moment of his life. 

“It is really unbelievable that after getting rid of from a critical physical condition caused by brain hemorrhage, he continued his endeavors for football,” said Chunnu. 

“Once two giants—Mohammedan and Abahani — were great rivals and when the two teams locked horns, the whole country carved up into two parts. All players, fans and organizers wore warring gear on the field and it looked as if we are enemy of each other. But after the match we were friends.”

“I can tell you a story of 1982, in an Abahani-Mohammedan match, there was a huge clash on the field and that spread out in the gallery. The situation turned into warfare in and out of the stadium. That very day (at night), we joined in the Asian Games camp at the NSC. Badal came to me and we talked about the match we played and then we discussed about our national assignment.”  

“In fact Badal being junior to me, was too close. I was highly impressed with his performance. He was a creative footballer and supportive playing mate. He scored himself and paved the ways for the strikers. He had outstanding power and his class was different that really magnetized. He played for the team and he was very friendly with all,” Chunnu shared his memories.

“Badal left us too early. Really the sorrows know no bounds though he was ill but his death is a huge damage for us. We lost a good friend and the country lost a very proficient and devoted football organizer, who had the vision to develop the country’s football,” Chunnu marked his great respect to his former national team’s colleague as well as rival on the field.   

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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