Bangladesh skips women’s football in SA Games

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Oct 23,2019


Bangladesh Football Federation on Tuesday decided not to send the women’s national team for the 13th South Asian Games due to lack of experienced players.

The South Asia’s biggest multi-sport event is scheduled to be held in Nepal from December 1 to 10.

‘Actually, we don’t have a strong national team. We have good players at Under-18 level. But if we form our national team with these players and take part in the Games that might backfire,’ BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag told New Age on Tuesday.

BFF’s women’s wing chairman Mahfuza Akter Kiron believed that despite winning bronze medals in the last two editions, this time they do not have enough matured players to form a national team. 

‘In the last two editions we secured bronze medals. But this time we might fail to do better if we form a national team with the age level players. Still they are not prepared enough to compete with the senior teams.’

Bangladesh women’s team head coach Golam Rabbani Choton agreed with the BFF’s decision.

‘If we take part, all would expect gold medal. But the reality is that it is difficult to do that with our junior players.’

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