Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is planning to arrange several international matches for the national women’s team in the next FIFA window beginning from February.
Bangladesh Women’s National Football Team and 16 other nations were dropped out of the rankings in the latest 142-member list released by FIFA on December 18. Bangladesh were 134th out of 159 nations in the previous rankings released in August.
According to the FIFA, teams have to play several international games taking part in its international windows to improve rankings or to avoid drop out. There is no fixed number of games which the teams are mandated to play.
Last time Bangladesh Women’s Football Team took part in an international match was on March 20 last year in SAFF Women’s Championship 2019 in Nepal. The team were eliminated from the competition after conceding a 0-4 goals defeat against India in the semi-final.
BFF Executive Committee member and chairman of the committee for women’s footballMahfuzaAkterKiron told The Daily Sun that the federation is planning to arrange several international games in the next FIFA window in February.
“I have talked with BFF President (KaziSalahuddin) regarding this issue. We’re planning to arrange some international friendlies against Maldives, UAE during the FIFA window. We are working on it now,” said Kiron who is also a FIFA Council member.
“We were scheduled to play against Maldives and UAE last March, but the matches were postponed due to the pandemic. If we had played during that time, we would not have faced this dropout now. However, we need to play matches now. There is no fixed number of matches. We are trying to arrange matches against Maldives and UAE,” she added.
Concurring with the BFF women’s wing chief, Bangladesh Women’s National Football Team Head Coach GolamRabbaniChoton said, “We were scheduled to play matches against Maldives, UAE and Sri Lanka last March. But the coronavirus outbreak put an halt on that. As a result we were dropped out. Now, the federation is going to hold international matches next FIFA week. We need to play matches to regain position in the list and have to win to improve rankings.”
Meanwhile, Bangladesh women’s national football team achieved their highest rank of 91 in 2009. They played their last international match on March 20 last year. The team clinched silver in the SAFF Women’s Championship in 2016 and bronze in SA Games in 2010.
The four-time BFF President KaziSalahuddin and his electoral panel named SammilitaParishad vowed to improve men’s national team rank to 150 and women’s national team rank to 90 within October 2024, promised to clinch SAFF and SA Games titles in manifesto.