Nepal win puts U-15 girls in semis

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Aug 12,2018 | Updated: 23:52, Aug 11,2018

 
 

Bangladesh Under-15 women’s football team players stretch during a training session at the Changlimithan Stadium Thimpu, Bhutan on Saturday. — BFF photo

A spirited Bangladesh Under-15 women’s football team is determined to continue their sumptuous form in the ongoing SAFF Under-15 Women’s Championship when they take on Nepal in their final group match on Monday.
Both Bangladesh and Nepal have confirmed their semi-final berths from Group B after Nepal beat Pakistan by 4-0 on Saturday.
As a result, Monday’s encounter between the two sides has become the group winners deciding tie.
Bangladesh will be eager to finish as group winners as that will help them to avoid mighty India in the semi-finals.
Defending champions Bangladesh began their campaign with a crushing 14-0 win over Pakistan in their opening match.
In the first edition of the championship last year, Bangladesh thrashed Nepal by 6-0 goals in Dhaka.
But midfielder Nilufer Yasmin said they would take Nepal seriously to ensure their last-four berth as group champions.
‘We will try to repeat our first match’s performance against Nepal,’ Yasmin said.
‘Even though Nepal are better opponents than Pakistan, we are confident that if we can give our best effort than we will win the game.’
Bangladesh had a two-hour long a practice session at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu on Saturday morning under their head coach Golam Rabbani Choton.
Choton said all the players were physically fit for today’s match.
‘As I told before that we want to go step by step so now our only concern is Nepal,’ Choton said.
‘We want to win the game and finish as group champions.’

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