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Football: Footballers brave the big freeze for Beani Bazar Cancer Hospital benefit game

PUBLISHED: 16:00 11 December 2017

Beanibazar SC and Bishwanath East London players face the camera (pic: Muhammad Ismael)

Beanibazar SC and Bishwanath East London players face the camera (pic: Muhammad Ismael)

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A mixture of young and old Beanibazar Sporting Club players joined Sylhet rivals Bishwanath East London to take part in a football game to support a cancer charity.

Beani Bazar Cancer Hospital (BBCH) is a charity based in the UK that aims to create awareness and provide medical treatment for disadvantaged cancer patients in Bangladesh.

The charity’s aims are to build a state-of-the-art specialist cancer care hospital and provide free medical care and treatment for the underprivileged and those less fortunate.

Emdad Rahman’s side were a little too strong for their opponents and came back from a goal down to win 2-1 thanks to forward Abul Hussain and captain Abdul Wahid.

The match was well attended and included the presence of BBCH marketing director and trustee Forhad Hussain Tipu.

Beanibazar Sporting Club President Mesba Ahmed commented on the camaraderie and spirit within both camps, saying: “We had established vets players with mixed ability players and youngsters all on the field together. My own son played tonight and has really enjoyed his experience. This is our philosophy and we will always look to be inclusive.

“Despite the cold snap there was much laughter and merriment tonight and all for such a great cause.”

Koys Miah, interim Bishwanath East London manager, added: “It’s great that we have managed to attract such an impressive number of players and fans to watch a lively friendly game on such a cold night.

“We are proud to have joined our friends to support the hospital. Cancer destroys communities and I believe it is our collective responsibility to highlight, promote and support such brilliant projects.

“Well done to Beanibazar for the comeback, but it goes without saying that we are all winners here.”

BBCH CEO & managing director Md. Shab Uddin concluded: “The power of sport is immense and games like these without doubt highlight the importance of the work we do. We greatly appreciate the humanitarian efforts of everyone involved.”

An expansive selection policy saw four youngsters play their part in the win for Beanibazar.

Ibrahim Yusuf, 13, Yasin Ahmed, 12, Minhajur Rahman, 18 and Wajidur Rahman, 20, took to the field to each play a significant part in their teams win.

The other end of the spectrum saw Mamun Uddin also make his debut at the age of 50.

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