Bangamata U-19 Women’s Gold Cup

This will be a memorable tournament: Choton

Sports Correspondent

21 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Under-19 Women’s National Football Team coach Golam Robanni Choton said his team want to make Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup a memorable tournament by putting on their best efforts.

BFF and K-Sports are organising the first ever Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup 2019 from April 22 to May 3 aiming to celebrate Fazilatunnesa Mujib’s life and ideologies.

Six nations are taking part in the competition which will be played at Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) in the capital. Bangladesh will take on United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the opening match at 6:00pm tomorrow. The hosts will play against Kyrgyzstan on April 26 in the remaining group match.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is expected to inaugurate the 12-day meet named after Bangamata Begum Fazilatunnessa Mujib.

Bangladesh coach was speaking at a pre-match press conference held on Saturday at BFF conference room in the capital.

“The girls are fully prepared to take the challenge. We want to go match by match and then go to the semi-final. We want to make the tournament a memorable. We’ll take to the field hoping for victory,” said Choton.

“Girls already have gained substantial improvement in tactically and technically which they already proved in the field. We have work down with team’s formation and we’ll utmost try to win each match and make the tournament a memorable one,” he said.

Choton thinks that the two tournaments which the girls recently played in Myanmar and Nepal, are good enough preparation for the team.

“The girls have been inconsistence training. They have corrected their mistakes which they did in the SAFF tournament in Nepal. The intensive training and instructions have also given to the team, thus they would handle their opponents,” he added.

Replying to a question the coach said he does not feel any pressure at the moment rather his girls are ready to take the challenge and give their best effort in the match.

The head coach said they have no previous experience of playing against Mongolia and Laos but played different age level tournaments in the remaining participating teams.

Bangladesh captain Mishrat Jahan Moushumi said they have already completed their preparation for the tournament which is going to be held for the first time in our home soil.

She also wants to make the best use of their learning which they achieved in the last two tournaments in Myanmar and Nepal.

Bangladesh team vice-captain Maria Manda, BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Sohag and BFF technical director Paul Smelly were also present during the press meet.