THE GREATER SYLHET Upazila Cup has returned after an absence of two years. Due to Covid, the greatly heralded UK Bangladeshi football festival had been on hold since Bishwanath lifted the trophy in 2019.
Mabley Green was once again the choice of venue to host the prestigious tournament, with players turning up from all over the UK to represent the team of their origins in Bangladesh.
Sylhet Sadar played a splendid brand of football throughout the day to defeat the 2017 champions Chattak on penalties in the final. Captain Habibur Rahman was greeted by jubilant supporters as he lifted the prestigious trophy for Sadar for the very first time.
Joint managers Helal Uzzaman and Abdul Khaher cited teamwork as the primary reason for ther success. “Our team spirit has been magnificent throughout the day, and each time we have faced obstacles, like going a goal behind, we have dug deep and refused to accept defeat. This is an honour which is hard to beat,” they said.
Upon delivery of another excellent and smooth-running tournament, Sonali Othith Chair Jamal Uddin commented, “Covid May have halted our involvement in our beloved game but it hasn’t broken our spirit. We are at the forefront of engaging veteran footballers, providing opportunities and engagement. Thanks to all participating teams, our sponsors, supporters, officials and congratulations to Sylhet Sadar on becoming the new champions.”
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