The local organisers of the AFC Challenge Cup group A qualifiers hoped that the football lovers will enjoy the international flavour after two years. The four-team competition kicks off at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.
Myanmar meet Macau in the opening match at 3:30pm and Bangladesh face Cambodia in the second match of the day at 6:00pm. Bangladesh hosted the inaugural edition of AFC Challenge Cup in 2006 but since then except one World Cup pre-qualifier and one Asia Cup qualifier Bangladesh have not played any international matches at home.
Anwarul Huq Helal, chairman of the organising committee, hoped that Bangladesh team wins the group to boost BFF’s bid to host the final round in 2010. ‘We have tried our best to prepare the venue up to international standard, the AFC match commissioner has expressed satisfaction with the arrangements, and the lights are more than the required criteria, now we hope the footballers do the rest,’ said Helal, who is also a member of the BFF executive committee.
The tickets will be available at Tk 20 each for the eastern gallery, Tk 30 for the western gallery and VIP box at Tk 100. School students will be will be eligible for free entrance providing they are in school uniforms and have the identity cards.
The two TVCs at Farmgate and Gulshan showed the advertisement of the meet and horse caravans roamed the city distributing the leaflets. Short street dramas will be staged at the TSC, Kamalapur stadium and outer stadium today.
The BFF will merchandise the national team jersey for Tk 300 each and all the spectators will be given a national-colour head band and a flag for free at the entrance.
The BFF general secretary Al Musabbir Sadi hoped for an uninterrupted power supply during the matches. ‘The power authority has assured us of uninterrupted power supply during the matches,’ said Sadi.
They organisers also decided that the mini truck which was offer for the Super Cup viewers and which taken by anyone will be available for the spectators of the opening day’s match. The lottery will take place at the end of the Bangladesh-Cambodia match.