Tajikistan, UAE eves in city for Bangamata Gold Cup

Sports Correspondent

20 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Tajikistan and United Arab Emirates Under-19 Women Football Teams landed in Dhaka as the teams reached the capital to compete in the six-nation Bangamata Women’s U-19 International Gold Cup Football Tournament on Friday.

The tournament is scheduled to begin on Monday (April 22) at the country’s premier sports venue Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) in Dhaka.

Hosts Bangladesh will play UAE in the opening match at 06:00pm at Bangabandu National Stadium.

Mongolia and Laos are scheduled to arrive in the capital on Saturday (April 20)—Mongolia in the morning while Loas in the afternoon.

Kyrgyzstan will be the last team to reach Dhaka on Sunday.

On the eve of the meet, ceremonial draw and logo unveiling took place at a local hotel last week.

Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup 2019 football tournament fixture was announced during a press conference in the capital on Wednesday.

Hosts Bangladesh were drawn in Group-B of the tournament along with United Arab Emirates and Kyrgyzstan while Mongolia, Tajikistan and Laos will fight it out in Group A.

Top two teams from each of the groups will play in the semifinals. Group A champions will play Group B runners-up in the first semis on April 29 while Group B champions to face Group A runners-up in the other semis on April 30 at the same venue. The final match billed for May 3.

The six-nation international tournament will start on April 22 with Bangladesh taking on United Arab Emirates in the opener on 06:00pm (BST). The match will be broadcasted live on RTV. In their second match of the group stage, Bangladesh will face Kyrgyzstan on April 26.

All the matches of the tournament will be held at Bangabandhu National Stadium.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Under-19 Football Team will have to do with staying at Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) dormitories while the rest of the participating teams will be staying in at Hotel Intercontinental. The controversial decision took the football fraternity of the nation by a storm as the move is seen to be a derogatory aimed at the spirited girls of Bengal.

But BFF Technical and Strategic Director Paul Smalley was adamant in his decision and also gave justification for the move stating that the girls will be more at home in BFF dorms as they stay there throughout the year.

He also felt that Bangladesh eves might face hardships in their attempt to adapt to conditions in the hotel. Especially the food of the luxurious hotel seemed to be a huge issue. He feared that the sudden move might take its toll in the result as Bangladesh might not be able to deliver with this issues hanging round their neck.

BFF General Secretary Abu Nayeem Sohag also brushed off allegations of attempted unfair cost-cutting measures stating that BFF was and is ready to make arrangements for girls to stay at Hotel Intercontinental.

“It’s not as if we took the step to save some money. We had booked rooms for our girls as well but our technical director is vehemently opposed to the proposal,” concluded Shohag.