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Remove plights of football in Bangladesh

People dedicated to the development of the game of football are largely responsible for the weak image of football in the country and the declining attraction of tens of thousands to the field
Mamun Hossain Agun
Remove plights of football in Bangladesh

Football is raging all over the world. The battle for continental supremacy is going on in two continents.

The whole world is overwhelmed by the excitement of the participating countries. It goes without saying how popular football is. Supporters of different parties are spending hours and hours of verbal and arguments. From the tea shop on the side of the road to the university hall, fans are everywhere.

Like other countries in the world, football is one of the most popular sports in Bangladesh. Even on the Asian continent, it is a logical argument about Latin or European countries, which is an expression of passion and love. Even if Bangladesh does not participate, the football frenzy is no less than that of the participating countries. Ambassadors of different countries have also praised the madness of visiting Bangladesh. 

However, the country that has so much passion, gossip and excitement about football is far behind in the world of football. The position in the FIFA ranking is 184. Sadly, no one really has a headache about this. The authorities, starting from the concerned persons, seem to be indifferent. Over time, other countries have made progress, but the picture in Bangladesh is just the opposite.

The country's football is losing its tradition day by day. The splendour of football in our country, the lively presence and chat of football fans in the club yard, on the field is not like before. Although the stadium was once overflowing with crowds starting from the rural games, the public has become so reluctant to play domestic football that it has become difficult to draw fans on the field even with the promotion of watching the game without tickets. The flag of the native club is not seen flying in the neighbourhood. People dedicated to the development of the game of football are largely responsible for the weak image of football in the country and the declining attraction of tens of thousands to the field.

The country's football is going through a crisis. In the ongoing picture of football, footballers, including football fans, are often seen expressing frustration by remembering the golden past. The quality of football has not increased in the last ten years but Bangladesh is moving backwards.

The interest of the football fans towards the domestic football has decreased due to the loss of pomp. However, the football of the country has spent a golden time even in the sixties. There was no shortage of talented players. Indigenous football was the center of attraction in British India. But now those golden days of football are gone. At that time, football fans were waiting in line for hours at the ticket counter of Dhaka Stadium from dawn to dusk to watch the game of their favorite team, favorite player. As soon as they got the tickets of the football-mad spectators, they rushed to the gate to enter the stadium. The image of entering the stadium was like remembering.

However, at present the disinterest of the people towards the football of the country is sad. However, the people concerned are responsible for this predicament of domestic football. Despite a large budget, there is no proper plan for the development of football. The image of the plight of the field is a shining example of this. Also, failure in not being able to produce world class players and evaluate talented players properly and having high quality equipment and gymnasiums is holding us back from others.

If Bangladesh can draw with any country in Asia now, it will be satisfying. But the fans want much more. The expectation is that he will cross the borders of Asia and step into world football. One day the whole nation will unite and fight for its own country without fighting to support different countries. The fairy tales of domestic football will be presented in the national and international media.

And that is why the appropriate action of the authorities is necessary. Talented players have to be brought out from the grassroots level. They have to be properly maintained and cared for. Steps have to be taken to remove and improve the dilapidated condition of the country's fields. World class coaches, modern gymnasiums and equipment have to be provided. Domestic talented players should be given more opportunities instead of foreign players. The development of club football needs to be overseen extensively.

In this regard, the overall cooperation of all as well as the authorities is essential. Everyone must come forward to bring back the golden days of Bangladesh football and preserve the heritage.

Bangladesh too will one day occupy a place on the world map as a symbol of success in the world of football.

The writer is a student of department of political science, Dhaka College, Dhaka.

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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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