Desk Report: Epyllion Group lifted the BGMEA Cup 2021 trophy beating rivals Bando Design Ltd 3-1 in tie-breaker on Friday. The final at the Army Stadium which hosted around eight thousand football loving fans witnessed and was Live on T-Sports, saw Epyllion and Bando finish the regulation time 1-1. Bando by Laila Group, three-time champions, took the field with a unique record under their belt – they have reached final in all six editions of the tournament. However, One-time winner Epyllion having former national players kept their cool and exhibited their nerve under pressure. Veteran goalie Raju made three crucial saves to drive his team to victory.
The BGMEA Cup was participated by 16 teams this year – BANDO DESIGN, TEAM GROUP, TUSUKA GROUP, BABYLON GROUP, LAILA GROUP, MOSHARAF APPAREL LTD, APPAREL VILLAGE LTD, FAKIR FASHION LTD, COMFIT COMPOSITE, STERLING GROUP, SNOWTEX OUTERWEAR LTD, APPAREL INDUSTRY, EPYLLION GROUP, TORQUE FASHION, SETARA GROUP, SAYEM GROUP. The Tournament was Powered by SHELTECH CERAMICS while among other sponsors are ABA GROUP, URMI GROUP, EPIC GROUP, TWELVE CLOTHING, FOUR H GROUP, BUFT, NIPA GROUP, ANTRIX SOLUTIONS. Other partners being T-SPORTS (BROADCAST),RACE ONLINE (INTERNET) CBL MUNCHY ( GIFT PARTNER), MOVEMENT SOLUTIONS (FITNESS PARTNER ) and Uttara Sector 4 KOLLAN SOMITY (VENUE PARTNER).
Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel, MP, handed over the trophy to the winning team while BGMEA President Faruque Hassan, FIFCO (Federation International de Football Corporate) President Albert Zbily, Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and former BGMEA President Md. Atiqul Islam, former BGMEA Presidents Abdus Salam Murshedy MP, and Md. Siddiqur Rahman, incumbent Senior Vice President SM Mannan (Kochi), Vice President Shahidullah Azim, Vice President (Finance) Khandoker Rafiqul Islam, Vice President Md. Nasir Uddin, Directors of BGMEA and Chairman of BUFT Trustees Board Muzaffar U. Siddique and other dignitaries graced the occasion. The BGMEA Cup dates back from 2016 which began with the sole intention of bridging the gap among the mid-lower level and upper management. The event, which brings out a lot of enthusiasm among the hardworking sector, has turned into a festival by each passing year.