On September 19, the Bangladesh National Women’s Football brought one of the best achievements in the sporting history of the country of Nepal. Sabina, Sanjida, Maria, Monika, Ritura took South Asian football excellence for the first time. The children are also inspired by this golden success of the elders. Proof of this was found in the SAFF Women’s Under-15 Championship.
In the opening game of the tournament, the girls from host country Bangladesh beat the visiting Bhutan Women’s U-15 team by a whopping 8-0 margin. Interestingly, Sabina Khatun’s side won defeated the Bhutan national team by the same margin (8-0) in the semi-finals of the SAFF women’s championship in Kathmandu on September 16th.
Survi Akand Preeti scored an eye-catching hat-trick for the Girls of Bengal in Tuesday afternoon’s match at Bir Shresh Shahid Sepahi Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur. This Bengal teenager came on the pitch as a second-half substitute and gave some great football. Umehla Marma scored two goals. Thuinu Marma, Zainab Bibi Rita and Kanan Rani Bahadur scored one goal each.
Coach Golam Rabbani Chotan’s side beat Bhutan 2-0 to become runners-up last season. The Bengal girls were the first round champions of this series. Bangladesh also hosted this event in 2017. The red-green nation won the title by beating Sebar India 1-0. But in the next two tournaments held in Bhutan, they lost to India and had to settle for runners-up.
India is not playing in this tournament. Only three countries are in competition. The other country is Nepal. Since there are three teams, the team with the most points after playing each other twice in a round-robin system will be the champion. Given the strength of the field and the opponent, the hostesses dream this time of regaining the title.
In this mission, the opponent began to wear a garland of goals. Bangladesh women’s age group teams have won eight titles in the past eight years. This time, the Under-15 series is in the hunt for the ninth title.
In recent years, female age group footballers have constantly lit up the sports arena in Bangladesh. The success of the national team was added in September. The next generation of eye-catching Bengal tigresses have also announced their arrival.
Apart from defender Zainab Bibi Rita, the rest of the XI made their debut together in international football against Bhutan in this Under-15 game. Zainab Bibi has only played one match before. In a nutshell, Coach Golam Rabbani Chotan began his mission with a ‘new’ Bangladesh.
However, the indomitable girls did not understand that they were playing the first game on the field. From start to finish, the Bhutanese girls scored goal after goal. Counting eight goals, two Hali scored in the opposing net. Umehla Marma started the goal mission for Bangladesh in the seventh minute of the match.
Then he scored another goal in the 76th minute. Substituting in the 46th minute of the match, Survi Akand Preeti scored the goals to complete the hat-trick at the 68th, 73rd and 90+2 minutes. Moreover, Thuinu Marma scored in 21 minutes. Zainab Bibi Rita’s goal came in the 28th minute. Kanan Rani Bahadur scored in the 50th minute.
Despite a great win, the Bengal girls’ game was a bit messy in the first half. Suravi-Kanans was caught offside several times. Errors at the beginning, misses and wasted chances are also observed. Bangladesh coach Chhotan believes it happened due to lack of experience.
After the match, Golam Rabbani Choton said: “It was the first international match. You had to see how the girls fared in the first game. There were problems after the first landing. But over time, he adapted. The good thing is that even though it was the first international game, the girls played as expected. That’s why we got the desired victory.
The Bangladesh team wants to showcase better football against Nepal in their second game at the same venue next Saturday. With such hope, the Bengal coach said, “Considering the first game, the girls should be happy with the way they played. There was a certain inertia between them at first. But over time, the game caught up. Girls’ experience. It will work against Nepal. I hope the girls will play better.