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Dhaka: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has held meetings with the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) President Kazi Salahuddin on the development of football in the South Asian country.

In praising the BFF endeavours under the leadership of legendary Bangladesh footballer Salahuddin, Shaikh Salman said: “Bangladesh football should revive memories of its former glory when Salahuddin was one of the nation’s greatest players, as it is important that this football-loving country should remain strong.

“Progress has been made and the best example is Bangladesh’s achievement in women’s football in recent years.

“Qualifying for the Finals of the AFC Women's U-16 Championship was a big achievement for this country in women’s football. There were teams of the stature of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Chinese Taipei, the UAE, Singapore and Kyrgyz Republic but Bangladesh emerged victorious in the qualifiers and that is a positive sign of progress.

“Bangladesh has also shown its credentials in women’s participation off the field. Asia’s sole women’s representative on the FIFA Council is Mahfuza Akhter Kiron from Bangladesh.

“We would like to see Bangladesh making further inroads to the Continental level in men’s football as well. Having discussed football with the BFF President and officials I found that there is a concrete plan, and the Asian football family will be united in helping BFF achieve that plan.”

BFF President Salahuddin also praised the AFC as he stressed the support BFF is receiving from the AFC.

He said: “We are grateful to President Salman and the AFC for their continuous support and the love shown to Bangladeshi football.

“We have been receiving continuous development and educational support from the AFC and I hope we take this as an opportunity to further march on with our recent progress,” he added.

Despite losing all their matches in the Finals, Bangladesh were the sole representatives from South Asia in the recently concluded AFC Women’s U-16 Championship 2017.

Photos: Bangladesh Football Federation