Friday, August 26, 2011


Leading sports channel ESPN is all set to broadcast the high profile international friendly between Argentina and Nigeria to be held in Dhaka on September 6. Though the deal is yet to be finalised, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is every bit hopeful of completing the formalities within a few days.

BFF president Kazi Salahuddin said, “All I can say at the moment is that ESPN has expressed their interest to broadcast the match. There are a lot to be done before penning the deal. We are moving ahead in the right direction and we are hopeful that ESPN will telecast the match live.

It was great a relief for the organisers as they were anxious over the fact that they might be left without any international transmission. But the arrival of ESPN at least saved them from further blushes as they will also provide an uplink to Argentina as well as across Asia. The monetary deal between the two sides remained undisclosed as BFF had very little to gain.
BFF, however, was thrown into a new complicacy as the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday said that they will not allow the Argentine team to stay at Hotel Sonargaon. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s contingent, who will be here at the time, will include six chief ministers of different states and their security measures remained top priority to the Bangladesh government.

The inspection team of the Argentina stayed at Hotel Sonargaon and gave a green signal. They also visited the Ruposhi Bangla, formerly Hotel Sheraton.
BFF now have to search for another hotel for the teams to stay as the deal said the visiting teams must stay in separate hotels.

BFF officials now have started negotiations with the Westin and the Radisson to this end. They, however, are still hopeful that the decision will be revoked

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