Dhaka, December 6: Bangladesh U-15 Women’s team are all set to keep the country’s flag flying high again with their best in the upcoming SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship billed to kick off in Dhaka from December 17.
Players of Bangladesh U-15 Women’s team started their training at the BFF artificial turf last month under the guidance of their proven mentor Golam Rabbani Choton, who is hopeful of making it in the final. “Reaching the final is our first target. We have every belief that the players will attain their goal. India stands between our dream of winning the title. We are ready for the challenge,” said Choton.
“However, there is no room of complacency. Nepal and Bhutan is also working hard to develop their women’s football. Every match is important and will be testing for us,” added Choton.
Choton is boosted with the presence of near a dozen footballers who were the part of AFC U-17 Women’s final round squad and groomed by him from the beginning. “Yes, the players are together for a long time and I think they have a perfect team spirit, players like Maria Manda and Tohura are expected to shine in the meet,” said Choton.
Bangladesh, the hosts India, Bhutan and Nepal will play in the 8-day contest that concludes in December 24 with the title decider.
All the matches will be held at Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur. Bangladesh will take on Nepal in the opening day’s fixture on December 17. They will play against Bhutan on December 19 and will lock horns with India in their last group stage clash on December 21. After the round robin format, top two teams will play in the final.
The general secretary of South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Anwarul Huq Helal clarified the circumstances about the less participation. “From the beginning, four teams were supposed to take part. Sri Lanka are not taking part due to their internal problems while Maldives have no youth team at this level,” said SAFF secretary general Anwarul Haque Helal adding, Pakistan are not taking part as its football federation is suspended by FIFA.
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