Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman National Gold Cup Football Tournament (U-17) will kick off at Sheikh Russel Mini Stadium in Barhatra upazila in Netrokona tomorrow.

Some 1,25,000 players from 5,500 schools across the country will take part in the event.

State Minister for Youth and Sports Dr Biren Sikder, MP, will formally inaugurate the tournament at 3 pm.

The tournament, named after the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman National Gold Cup Football tournament (U-17), will be arranged across the country each year.

The tournament will be held in knock out basis at upazila, district, division levels and finally it will be held in Dhaka where players from educational institutions, clubs and football academy will take part.

To successfully host the tournament, a guideline and committee has been formed in upazila, district and divisional phases. Executive officer for upazila, deputy commissioner for district and divisional commissioner for division will do their respective duty of committee’s president.

In the upazila phase, each participating players will have conveyance and honorarium.

Besides, the champions and runners-up team of upazila, district, division and national phase will get trophy and financial reward while the highest scorer and best player will get prize.

Of the total tournament is Taka 15,00,00,000, Taka 10,9446200 for Upazia, Taka 2,47, 61900 for district, Taka 33,89,800 for division and Taka 1,24, 02,100 for national phase, will be spend in order to running the tournament.

It’s a historical initiative by the Youth and Sports Ministry to arrange such kind of tournament in the name of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

A total of 40 players will be selected through this tournament and they will be given special training at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Prothistan later stage.