Bangladesh face Bhutan today

After losing a valuable point against Nepal, Bangladesh looking forward to staging a fight back as the host face touring Bhutan in their second match of SAFF U-19 Women’s Football Championship scheduled to be held today (Monday) at Birshreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the city’s Kamalapur.

Private satellite channel T-Sports telecast the match live that kicks off at 3 pm. Tournament favourite India will also start their tournament campaign on the same day as they meet lowly Sri Lanka in the second match of the day that begins at 7 pm at the same venue.

Bangladesh earlier played out to a 1-1 goal draw with Nepal in their opening match. Despite dominating the entire proceeding Bangladesh were deprived of victory and they had to leave the field with one point.

But, this time the Maria Manda and Co. must take to the field to secure full three points against Bhutan who earlier made a flying start in the tournament crushing Sri Lanka by 5-0 goals in their tournament-opening match.

Bhutan already showed a good brand of football with their overwhelming victory over Sri Lanka and they must be looking forward to maintaining this consistency against Bangladesh.

Bangladesh were unlucky because they spoiled a number of scoring chances in their first match against Nepal, despite getting bounty support from the local crowd in the big bowl while credit must go to the Nepal team as they were able to escape defeat and snatch one point from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh will play their third match against India on December 17 before playing the last match against Sri Lanka on December 19 at the same venue.

SAFF U-19 women’s football team squad: Rupna Chakma and Yasmin Akter (custodian), Eity Rani, Akhi Khatun, Shamsunnahar (sr.), Anai Mogini, Nasrin Akter, Nilufa Yasmin Nila, Afeida Khandaker, Unnoti Khatun and Kohati Kisku (defenders), Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Shohagi Kisku, Shahada Akter Ripa and Ritu Porna Chakma ( midfielders), Marzia, Shopna Rani, Tohura Khatun, Anuching Mogini, Halima Khatun, Shamsunnahar (Jr.) and Rehena Akter (forwards).

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