Kazi Salahuddin re-elected as BFF president for the fourth time

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Kazi Salahuddin re-elected as BFF president for the fourth time

Along with the president, senior vice-president, four vice-presidents, 15 elected members will form the 21-member executive committee which will run the football administration of Bangladesh for the next four years.

By Samiur Rahman, BSPA Member
 
DHAKA, Oct. 8, 2020: Kazi Salahuddin was re-elected as the president of Bangladesh Football Federation for the fourth consecutive term in the Elective Congress by attaining 94 votes while his nearest competitor Badal Roy secured only 40 votes.
The election was held amid much fanfare in Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on October 3 where 135 voters among 139 eligible councilors cast their votes to elect a 21-member executive committee for the next four years.
The election and the Annual General Meeting were scheduled to take place in April but due to the pandemic situation it was pushed back to October.
Salahuddin was facing harsh criticism as the chief of BFF due to Bangladesh’s lack of success in various football competitions which caused the FIFA ranking of the country to move downwards.
Besides, the executive committee led by the former footballer was also alleged to have not being able to organise football leagues outside the capital regularly which created a dearth of quality footballers in the pipeline.
Before the election, some football fans held processions, formed human chains and ran social media campaigns against Salahuddin and demanded his withdrawal from the election but nothing could affect the councillors as the former football legend overcame the election unscathed and reclaimed his position for the fourth tenure.
Salahuddin, who is arguably the biggest football star from Bangladesh, has now shown his skills in the field of football administration as he confidently answered all his critics through the number of votes and said, “In 2008, I received 62 votes, in the last election I received 83 votes and this time I received 94 votes. What I am seeing is that my popularity is rising. People said many things; some said that I don't deserve to be here. But as you can see, I am popular among those who are involved with football,” Salahuddin told the media after the results were declared.
“Now we will follow what FIFA and AFC is doing. If any district football association fails to organise the league for consecutive two seasons, the councillor from that district will lose his post. Earlier I could not impose such strict rules but now everything has to come under certain rules,” he said.
In his new journey, Salahuddin will get some new comrades along with old faces in various roles as some of the old executive members could not make it through in the battle of ballots.
Two of the most acclaimed strikers from Bangladesh, Abdus Salam Murshedy and Sheikh Mohammad Aslam, contested for the post of senior vice-president but failed to beat the seasoned campaigner Murshedy, who was running for his fourth tenure. Murshedy polled 91 votes as against his rival Aslam’s 44 votes.
Two new faces, Bashundhara Kings club president Imrul Hassan and Ataur Rahman Bhuiyan Manik, got elected with 89 and 75 votes respectively while Kazi Nabil Ahmed retained his vice-president’s post with 81 votes.
There was a tie for the fourth vice-president post between Tabith Awal and Mohiuddin Ahmed. Both polled 65 votes each. BFF election commission will stage a re-election for that post on October 31.
Along with the president, senior vice-president, four vice-presidents, 15 elected members will form the 21-member executive committee which will run the football administration of Bangladesh for the next four years.