Defending champions Bangladesh are ready to play hosts Bhutan in the 2nd semifinal of the six-nation 2nd SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu of Bhutan on Thursday.
The match will kick off at 7 pm Bangladesh time while Group A champions India will play Group B runners-up Nepal in the first semifinal at the same venue at 4 pm on the same day.
The final match will be held on Saturday (August 18) at 7 pm while the 3rd place-deciding match between two losing semifinalists will be held on the same day at 4pm.
Bangladesh U-15 Women's team emerged Group B champions with all-win record to reach the semifinals of the six-nation U-15 Women’s Championship beating Nepal by 3-0 goals in their last group affairs at Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu on Monday.
Ahead of the match against Bhutan, Bangladesh Head Coach Golam Robbani Choton said, “The match against Bhutan will be a challenging and tough one as they’re now doing well in the age-group football.”
Bangladesh are also trying to find out their lapses which came to light against Nepal and working hard not to repeat those against Bhutan on Thursday, he said.
Bangladesh U-15 Women’s team made their regular recovery session and physical exercise at the gymnasium of team hotel Ariya International on Wednesday morning.
On completion of the group matches, Shamsunnahar of Bangladesh and Silky Devi of India dominated the scorer list making four goals each while three players-- Tohura Khatun, Sajeda Khatun (Bangladesh) and Sonam Lamho of India followed the leaders scoring three goals each.
Bangladesh got off to a flying start in the SAFF U-15 Women’s meet crushing Pakistan by massive 14-0 goals in the opening match and emerged Group B champions beating Nepal by 3-0 goals in the last group affairs, featuring one goal each from Tohura Khatun, Maria Manda and Sajeda Khatun.
Last-time runners-up India also reached the semifinals as Group A champions with all-win record crushing Sri Lanka by 12-0 goals in the opening match and defeating hosts Bhutan by 1-0 goal in the 2nd match.
Bhutan also booked a seat for the last-four stage outplaying all-loser Sri Lanka by 6-0 goals despite losing to India by 0-1 goal.