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Bangladesh retain SAFF U-19 Women’s Championship title

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 22nd December, 2021 08:19:26 PM
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Bangladesh retained the title of the SAFF U-19 Women’s Championship after they defeated India by a 1-0 margin in the final at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Sepoy Mustofa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Wednesday.
 
Defender Anai Mogini struck the match-winner with a long-range chip-in shot from outside of the box off a cut-back pass from Shahada Akter Ripa in the 80th minute of the game that ensured the hosts’ victory in the final.
 
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated Bangladesh U-19 Women’s football team for their victory in the final of the SAFF U-19 Women’s Championship.
 
Bangladesh earlier secured the title of the maiden edition of the meet in 2018 when they defeated Nepal by a 1-0 goal in the final in Maldives.
 
“I’m feeling blessed that Bangladesh won the title riding on my goal. My dream comes after a long time,” said Anai in her immediate reaction.  
 
Bangladesh head coach Golam Robbani Choton said that the team deserved the title and all their hard work had been paid off with the feat.
 
“We deserved the title. The girls did a lot of hard work and finally, it has paid off. I would like to thank the federation, president Kazi Salahuddin and all members, officials and coaching staff for their support and assistance,” he said.
 
In the match, both the teams created several chances but failed to open their account in the first half of the game.

Bangladesh dominated over India in the second half and only 10 minutes before the end of the stipulated time, Anai’s goal gave the hosts the lead in the match which they successfully defended till the end.
 
Bangladesh earlier started their campaign in the tournament with a goalless draw against Nepal but returned on the track with a 6-0 win over Bhutan.
 
They continued the winning streak by crushing India and Sri Lanka 1-0 and 12-0 goals respectively in the remaining group matches to finish the league stage on top.
 
The hosts scored a total of 20 goals and kept the clean sheets in all matches of the tournament.