BFF acquires 20 acres of land in Cox’s Bazar for Center of Excellence

07 Jul 2022 | 08:52 | Football

The Bangladesh Football Federation on Monday received a 20-acre site in Khuniapalong under Cox’s Bazar’s Ramu upazila for the construction of a FIFA-funded residential training facility.

A program was held at the site, now an undeveloped hilly area covered in forest about 17 kilometers south of Cox’s Bazar, with a wide range of stakeholders present.

Land ownership was given by the representative of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) with the BFF as the main beneficiary.

When completed, subject to final FIFA approval, the facility will feature two full-sized soccer fields – one artificial and one grass pitch – in addition to four-story dormitories and medical facilities. economy, and many other things.

The BFF will receive a minimum of $3.6 million from FIFA to complete the construction of the facility, with basic work to begin upon approval from world football’s governing body.

However, the relevant authorities could not give a specific time frame for the completion of the project.

“There are a few similar facilities in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka in this region, some small-scale while some are official,” said South Asia regional development official. FIFA’s Prince Rufus told reporters after the program of handing over land ownership.

“FIFA will receive the application and after analysis, with its approval, there will be tenders and consulting firms appointed by the local authorities for land development and facility construction. FIFA will sanction fund in installments depending on the progress and needs of the work,” said the Delhi-based official.

BFF Secretary General Abu Nayeem Shohag explains the reasoning behind choosing this particular location.

“This will not be a year-round academy. There will be 40-50 students residing here while we can use the facility as a retreat for the national teams before the tournaments. international match.

Shohag said: “FIFA wanted such centers to be away from the hustle and bustle. The specific location was chosen, after a number of surveys, due to the nature of the land and its proximity to the sea and the sea. being built”.

When asked where the BFF would arrange funding to operate such a facility once construction is completed, Shohag stated that they will manage the sponsors, emphasizing the experience from running the School. Elite Institute in Kamalapur.

The handover of land ownership took place in the presence of forestry officer Sarwar Alam, who stated that the BFF would use the land on terms that the project encroaches on as little forest as possible and This land is not used for any purpose. other than those expressly mentioned in the agreement.

The program was attended by local MP Shaimum Sarwar Kamal, Cox’s Bazar DC Mamunur Rashid, BFF development committee chair Ataur Rahman Manik, MOYS KM secretary Ali Reza, Cox’s Bazar DFA president Fazlul Karim Sayedee and member BFF executive officer Bijon Barua.