Ahmed was quoted as saying in leading Bangladesh daily-The Daily Star that notwithstanding the financial shortcomings, a lot of positives have emerged from the sixth edition of the league which concluded recently.
"We should understand that there is no alternative to improving the domestic structure if we want to make our presence felt at the highest level of the game," he said.
"I think the National League is theoretically the number one competition in the country but it still does not have a real professional shape,"The Daily Star quoted.
Ahmed said that players could not be expected to give off their best with what they were earning at present.
"I must say the financial package for the players is one area that has to improve first. You can not expect hundred percent commitment from a player by paying such a poor remuneration (Tk 400 for a day)," the paper quoted.