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Choton to resign by Tuesday

Choton’s step down, Swapna’s retirement alarming for women football

Published : 27 May 2023 07:53 PM

While Bangladesh women’s football earnedworld wide significant attention , the news of stepping down of women team’s head coach Golam RabbbaniChoton and saying goodbye to football of one of the most valuable player Sirat Jahan Swapna came as a bolt from the blue.      

Choton, who was talking to the Bangladesh Post on Saturday over phone said that he would no more as a coach of the Bangladesh women national team from May 31 and will submit his resignation to Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) by tomorrow or day after tomorrow.       

Coach Choton, replying to a query about the reason of his resignation told this reporter that due to personal problems he decided to resign.

“I will not continue the job, I am determined that I will resign. Actually last few years (six to seven years) there were so many back to back tournaments, had to follow hectic schedules in home and abroad.” 

“It was really too tough to work restlessly for a long time, I am really tired and need a time out to take rest,” Choton said the BD Post. 

“You know, last few years I had to work down to dusk and could not give times to my family, in fact was almost detouch from all family affairs and could not perform my duty to my family properly.”  

Choton also informed that he yet to submit the resignation but talked to the BFF president Kazi Mohammed Salahuddin and chairman of the BFF women’s wing Mahfuza Akhter Kiron over phone. 

“President (BFF) called me to meet him but I was too busy and could not comply with his call and I had also talked to the Kiron Apa (Mahfuza Akhter Kiron) over phone and told her about my decision,” Choton revealed. 

Choto replying to another query said, “I will go BFF tomorrow or day after tomorrow to submit my resignation.”

Meanwhile, Swapna did not express any specific reason of saying goodbye to the national team when in her Facebook post said,“I’m leaving the field of professional football ecstatically. I was fortunate having the opportunity to play football professionally for about eight years. In my eight years football career, I obtained a lot of thing. Thanks to Almighty Allah for everything. Thanks to the game, I’ve made a lot of friendship. So I beg pardon and please accept my regrets if I have hurt anyone. Moreover, everyone pray for me.”  Swapna, atalented booter, since her age group in the national played significant role when she scored five goals in the 2017 SAFF Women’s Championship and eight goals in the SAFF Women’s Championship in 2018.  

But it was known that Swapna announced her retirement from frustration as, last eight month they had no opportunity to play any competitive matches or tournament, even the Franchise League, was supposed to be organised first ever in Bangladesh also became uncertain. 

However, all are very alarming for the future of Bangladesh women football.