Bangabandhu Gold Cup
Palestine retained their title of Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2020 Football Tournament beating Burundi by 3-1 goals in the final of the 6th edition of the meet. This year, six teams split into two groups took part in the meet held from January 15 to 25 at the country’s premier sports venue -- Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) here. Hosts Bangladesh were put in tough Group A along with Palestine and Sri Lanka while The Group B team comprises, three African countries --Burundi, Mauritius and Seychelles. In the latest FIFA rankings, Palestine are in 106th slot, Burundi are 151st, Mauritius are 172nd, Seychelles 200th, Sri Lanka 205th and hosts Bangladesh are in 187th.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina distributed the prizes among the winners and runners-up teams as chief guest in the final match and prize giving ceremony on January 25. She thanked to the tournament organizer committee for arranging the soccer meet on the eve of Mujib Barsha. She also greeted the champions, runners-up and all the participating teams. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell MP, President of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Kazi Md Salahuddin and other distinguished personalities were also present on the occasion.
Palestine Goalkeeper Tawfiq Abuhammad clinched the Golden Gloves and Palestine Captain Sameh Maraaba adjudged the man of the match. Palestine also won the fair play award.