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KFC Independence Cup Football
MSC, Ctg Abahani play opener Wednesday
Sports Reporter
Published :Friday, 25 March, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 22

Mohammedan Sporting Club and Chittagong Abahani will play the opener of the KFC Independence Cup-2016 on March 30, Wednesday, at 4:00pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Yet only the Bangladesh Premier League teams are allowed to play the event, Sheikh Jamaal DC and Arambagh Krira Sangha are not going to taking part in it.
The draw of the football-event was held on Thursday at the BFF House in Dhaka.
BFF senior vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy, vice-president Kazi Nabil Ahmed, general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, Victoria Sporting Club president Shawkat Ali Khan Jahangir, BFF member Fazlur Rahman Babul, officials of KFC were present in the programme.
Murshedy said that the two teams had not submitted any application in this regard and that's why they would not play the Independence Cup this year.
Ten teams, splitting into two groups, will play the event and the semis will be held on April 10 and 11. The final is on April 14 at the same venue.
Every participating team will get Taka one lakh while the champions will be awarded Taka five lakh and trophy and the runners-up will get Taka three lakh and trophy.
Federation Cup, which is called the season-opener, will not be held this year and thus the season will begin with the Independence Cup.
Mohammedan Sporting Club are the defending champions of the tournament. They outplayed Soccer Club, Feni in the final in 2014.
This year, Chittagong Abahani and Sheikh Russel are appeared to be the strongest teams among the participants and it would be tough for the black and white outfits to keep the title again this year.

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