The country got its first female coach in a male football team on Sunday when Mirona Khatun, a former national women’s team player, was accidentally assigned as the head coach for second-tier team Dhaka City Football Club.
Navy athlete Mirona took the charge of Dhaka City FC as their regular coach SM Abu Noman Nannu did not have the AFC ‘B’ grade coach licence, a prerequisite for all the coaches in Bangladesh Championship as per the bylaws.
Mirona achieved the ‘B’ grade AFC licence last year and the club took this opportunity by appointing her head coach to make history in Bangladesh football.
Mirona signed the deal with Dhaka FC on December 24 last year to start her journey as a coach of a professional league team.
‘I knew no female coached a male team before the day. So, I grabbed the offer promptly when I got this. I’m very much excited,’ said Mirona after their opening match of the Bangladesh Championship League match at Kamlapur Stadium.
The girl from Bagerhat took the challenge positively of having a male team to coach.
‘Coaching them [players] is the main thing. It depends on my skill, how I handle them. I’m enjoying the job of a coach. Actually, when I stand before any footballer as a coach, I do not keep it mind whether the players are male or female.’
She desired to move her team to the Premier League despite making a losing start to their campaign as Dhaka City FC lost to Farashganj Sporting Club 0-1 in the opening match on Sunday.
‘I want my team in the premier league. This team has that quality,’ said Mirona, who played seven years for Bangladesh national football team from 2009.
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