Friday, June 14, 2024

‘Bittersweet’ birthday for U-18 hero Jafar

Bangladesh’s SAFF Under-18 Championship hero Jafar Iqbal celebrated his 18th birthday in a low-key manner on Wednesday after his heroic performance against hosts Bhutan went in vain.
Bangladesh failed to grab the title of the tournament despite Jafar’s two-goal helped the side beat hosts Bhutan 2-0 in their final match.Nepal beat India 2-0 in the following match to leave Bangladesh satisfied with runners-up title.
The result of the India-Nepal match spoiled the night for Jafar, the top scorer of the tournament with five goals, who was hoping to celebrate his birthday with the championship trophy.
Speaking to New Age over phone from Thimpu, Jafar, the new sensation of success-hungry Bangladesh,
said he spent a sleepless night after the match despite his personal accomplishment.
‘I could be happier if we had won the title and it could have been the best ever birthday gift in my entire life,’ Jafar said.
‘It was really frustrating not to win the title. After a clinical 2-0 win against the home side, we thought India would give their best to beat Nepal. But we saw India didn’t give their full effort, which costs us the title.’
Jafar also questioned the fixture of the tournament.
‘Usually, the title-deciding matches take place at same time in different venues but here [Bhutan] we saw different things,’ said a disappointed Jafar.
‘If both the matches were held at the same time then India might try their best to win their respective match against Nepal.’
Jafar, however, was satisfied with his own performance.
‘Actually, wherever I play, I try to give my best. Here [Bhutan] I played for my country because I saw at the very ground how our senior team suffered a heartbreaking loss against Bhutan [by 1-3] in the Asian Cup qualification play-off last year,’ said Jafar.
‘That time, I had nothing to do but watch the game from the bench. But this time I took the chance fully.’
Jafar, who struggled to find a place in the starting line-up of Chittagong Abahani, the table-toppers in the Bangladesh Premier League, refused to think about his club duty for now.
‘Next month we have to take part in the AFC Under-19 Championship qualifiers in Tajikistan. If we can carry our form into that tournament, we have a great chance to qualify. So, now I prefer to think about my national duty rather than club duty,’ he said.
‘I am always ready to perform at any level. If my club coach gives me chance, then I would try my best to help my side,’ said Jafar, who was yet to start for his club this season and played only three matches as a substitute.

-With New Age input

Related News

Again! Cristiano Ronaldo tops Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Cristiano Ronaldo led Forbes’ list of highest-paid athletes for the fourth time in his career, whilst Spanish golfer Jon Rahm moved to second place following his remarkable transition to Saudi-backed LIV Golf. Ronaldo clinched the title of the world’s highest-paid athlete after his transfer to the Saudi Arabian team Al Nassr, ... Read more

End of an Era: Mbappe’s PSG Exit Sealed, Fans Send Heartfelt Farewells

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Kylian Mbappe announces his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, signaling a probable move to Real Madrid. Fans express mixed emotions as the French superstar bids farewell to PSG after seven years. Negotiations between clubs continue amid speculation. Mbappe’s exit marks the end of an era for PSG, with fans eagerly awaiting his ... Read more

Bangladesh women thrash Singapore 8-0 in friendly

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh national women’s football team clinched their two-match FIFA international series against Singapore in style when they crushed the visitors 8-0 in their second and final match at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Monday. Tahura Khatun, Ritu Porna Chakma both scored a brace while Sanjida Akter, Sabina ... Read more

Ronaldinho makes short stopover in Dhaka

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The legendary Brazilian Ronaldinho Gaucho spent a busy twelve hours in Dhaka yesterday en route to Dubai. He had arrived in Kolkata two days earlier, where he had attended several events. Brazilian footballer who won the World Cup arrived in Dhaka around 3:45 p.m. and left the Bangladeshi capital in the ... Read more

Eden Hazard announces retirement from football

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com At the age of just 32, Eden Hazard has announced his retirement from football. The former Chelsea and Real Madrid forward, known for his exceptional dribbling skills and goal-scoring prowess, has called time on a career that spanned over 16 years and more than 700 matches. “You must listen to yourself ... Read more

Brazil football great Ronaldinho to visit Dhaka on 18 October

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Brazilian World Cup winner soccer legend Ronaldinho will visit Dhaka on 18 October. This star footballer is visiting Kolkata and Dhaka on the invitation of Indian sports entrepreneur Shatdru Dutta Initiative. Creation World and Off Track Events and Advertising are implementing the entire event in Bangladesh. This Brazilian superstar will return ... Read more

BSPA hands out Kaysar Sinha awards

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The Bangladesh Sports Press Association honoured three organisers by handing over the Kaysar Sinha awards in a function held at the Bangabandhu Military Museum auditorium in the city on Friday. Abahani Limited founding general secretary Harunur Rashid was awarded as the best organiser, while former Bangladesh Cricket Board president Kamal Zialu ... Read more

George Kottan, football friend of Bangladesh passes away

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The Bangladesh football team’s SAFF Championship-winning coach, George Kottan, passed away on Monday in Budapest. He was 76. Due to his old age and physical difficulties, the experienced coach had been hidden from the public for some time. On Thursday, former national team goalie Biplob Bhattacharjee posted on Facebook that he ... Read more

Friendly football match between Bangladesh Army, Australian Defence Force

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com A friendly football match between the Bangladesh Army and the Australian Defence Force was held at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital’s Banani area on Tuesday. Chief of General Staff of Bangladesh Army Lt Gen Ataul Hakim Sarwar Hasan attended the ceremony as the chief guest and distributed prizes among ... Read more

German soccer player Robert Bauer embraces Islam

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com German soccer player Robert Bauer announced on Instagram that he has converted to Islam. He thanked his wife and her family for their support on his journey. The 28-year-old athlete, who curre ntly plays for Saudi club Al-Tai in the Saudi Professional League, shared the news with his followers, shedding light ... Read more

Spain wins the Women’s World Cup by defeating England

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Spain are world champions, having won the Women’s World Cup 1-0 against England in Sydney, Australia. Thirteen years on from the men’s victory in South Africa, an Olga Carmona strike proved enough to win the match against the European champions in front of 75,784 spectators. Her goal came in the 29th ... Read more

Mattra to acquire broadcast, marketing rights for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Bangladesh from 1Stadia

Business Desk : dhakamirror.com Mattra, a leading media company, has declared its position as the official media rights holder for the highly anticipated 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Bangladesh. This association comes on the back of a strategic agreement with 1Stadia, a prominent US-based company specialising in technological advancements in the world of sports ... Read more

Messi signs with US club Inter Miami

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Seven-time Ballon d’Or Lionel Messi signed Saturday with Inter Miami CF of Major League Soccer (MLS), initiating the next stage in a career that has seen him lift 43 trophies, including the World Cup. The 36-year-old will stay with the Miami club through 2025, the statement added. “I’m very excited to ... Read more

Footballer Benjamin Mendy in tears as jury clears him on sex offences

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com France footballer Benjamin Mendy broke down in tears on Friday, as a jury cleared him of sex offences. Mendy, 28, put his head on his knees and wiped away tears on hearing the verdict at the end of the three-week trial at Chester Crown Court in northwest England. He had previously ... Read more

Ronaldo overtakes Messi and sets another Guinness World Record

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Cristiano Ronaldo has overtaken Lionel Messi to set a new world record for highest annual earnings by an athlete, securing his 17th Guinness World Records title. The 38-year-old is estimated to have earned a whopping £107.5 million in the 12 months ended May 1, 2023, topping Forbes’ list of the world’s ... Read more

Huge moment for fans as Messi lands in Florida to join up with Inter Miami

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Fans had begun to gather at the club’s DRV PNK stadium early in the morning ahead of his expected arrival. Lionel Messi said he is ready for the new challenge of restarting Inter Miami’s fortunes when the Argentine superstar landed in Florida on Tuesday before putting the finishing touches on his ... Read more

Mbappé visits father’s homeland

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com French football star Kylian Mbappé told reporters in Yaoundé he was “honoured” to visit his father’s native Cameroon. The PSG striker is on a humanitarian visit to the country for his foundation. Mbappé, the star forward of Paris Saint-Germain and captain of the French national team, arrived in the Cameroonian capital ... Read more

FIFA compensate Bangladesh defender Saad

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The world football governing body FIFA compensated Tk 4,65, 000 to Bangladesh national football team defender Saad Uddin for the injury that he suffered during the national team’s training session in May 2022 in Dhaka before the AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers, said a Bangladesh Football Federation media release on Thursday. ... Read more

Ruben Neves close to €55m Saudi Arabia move

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Wolves captain Rúben Neves is close to a €55 million move to Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal. The Portuguese had been linked with a switch to Barcelona but the La Liga champions have not been able to get a deal over the line. Several UK media outlets are reporting that ... Read more

Messi ‘detained’ at Beijing airport

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Argentine superstar Lionel Messi Lionel Messi never fails to hit the headlines as the player recently announced that he will be joining David Beckham’s side Inter Miami in the MLS. According to the reports, Lionel Messi was supposed to be signed by FC Barcelona who tried their level best to bring ... Read more