SAFF 2003 champions honoured by BSPA
Mamunul, Jamal assure seniors of another title
The nation football team in red and green jerseys which clinched the title of SAFF 2003 was honoured by the country's oldest organisation of the sports journalists, Bangladesh Sports Press Association (BSPA) on Friday in a colourful programme at a local hotel in Dhaka.
Bangladesh national booters had played many SAFF events afterwards yet 2003 was the last time they celebrated their SAFF title.
BSPA also invited the current national booters at the programme, titles 'Bashundhara Kings BSPA Football Stars 2003 & 2018', with a view to inspire them before appearing in the upcoming SAFF Championship 2018 which is rolling from Tuesday in Dhaka.
Team's one of the four most senior booters Mamunul Islam says that he is going to play the SAFF Championship for the sixth time and he was hopeful that this time the boys will be able to bring the trophy home.
He said, "I have seen the thirst of win in the 2012 squad and was hoping that they would do something. Now, I am seeing something similar in the current squad too. This squad got many young guns and I believe that the comparatively young booter based team will be able to win the championship this time."
Danish-born Bangladesh midfielder Jamal Harris Bhuiyan asked all to believe in the fresh bloods. He said, "You are all talking about the senior booters who clinched the title in 2003. But, I think you will also talk about the present team which is hoping to clinch the title if Allah wants. I want to believe that this year will be ours and we will try our best to win the trophy. Please pray for us."
In the programme, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy and BFF vice president Arif Khan Joy announced that they would give Taka 500,000 to each booter if they can be the champions of the event.