মঙ্গলবার, ১৫ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০০৯

Citycell Federation Cup' 09

Rain puts paid to action

Both matches of the Citycell Federation Cup were postponed yesterday following heavy rain that made the condition of the ground unplayable at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.Subsequently the football's governing body postponed the Federation Cup for almost two weeks and decided to resume it after the vacation of Eid-ul-Fitr and Puja.The Bangladesh Football Federation was also forced to start Monday's Mohammedan-Brothers Union match almost an hour later following a slight half-an-hour drizzle that resulted in an overflow of the ground of Bangabandhu National Stadium, which is scheduled to host the gala opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC World Cup. Only an hour's downpour forced the organisers to postpone the matches and it proved how poor the drainage system of the national stadium is. Subsequently it has raised the questions of how this very ground will negotiate the upcoming South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in December if there is any rain forecast in that period of time. The National Sports Council is apparently in slumber as the sports regulatory body has yet to respond to the BFF's appeal to make the BNS ground an international standard although the FIFA delegation has insisted on it on both visits to the BNS. Before the start of the season's curtain-raising tournament, the football governing body also asked the NSC to level the ground by filling it with earth, but the NSC has yet to take any initiatives so far and subsequently the downpour makes the uneven ground even worse. Many think the NSC should allot the BNS for football for a certain period what they did for cricket in Mirpur and thus the football's governing body can take total care of the ground. Rahmatganj MFS were scheduled to play Chittagong Mohammedan SC while Arambagh KS were to take on newcomers Shukhtara Jubo Sangsad of Narayanganj, both at the BNS. The Federation Cup was supposed to continue till September 17. "The heavy rain made the ground's condition unplayable and there is also light to moderate forecast of rain tomorrow (Wednesday) so the matches have been postponed and the

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