Women’s Football League

Kings off to flying start

Sports Correspondent

23 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Kings off to flying start

Players of Bashundhara Kings celebrate after scoring a goal against Begum Anwara Sporting Club during their 3rd Women’s Football League 2019-20 at Bir Shrestha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the capital on Saturday. — BFF Photo

Two brilliant hat-tricks from Froward Krishna Rani Sarkar and Captain Sabina Khatun enabled the star-studded Bashundhara Kings to pile up a massive 12-0 win over Begum Anwara Sporting Club in the opening match of 3rd Women’s Football League 2019-20 at Bir Shrestha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur in the capital on Saturday.

In the day’s goal-fest, Krishna scored her hat-trick scoring four goals in the 4th, 11th, 55th and 90th minutes while Sabina completed her hat-trick netting three goals in the 1st, 46th and 63rd minute respectively. Among others, Midfielder Mishrat Jahan Moushumi scored two goals in the 40th and 41st minutes while Defenders Sheuli Azim, Nargis Khatun and Forward Maria Manda netted one each in the 57th, 83rd and 87th minutes respectively.

Ahead of the game, Bashundhara Kings President Imrul Hassan was present in the inauguration ceremony as Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Women’s Football Committee Chairman Mahfuza Akhter Kiron inaugurated the meet as chief guest. BFF General Secretary Md Abu Nayeem Shohag, BFF EC member Zakir Hossain Chowdhury were also present on the occasion.

Kings put pressure on their opponents from the very beginning of game. Kings captain Sabina, who is also the captain of Bangladesh National Women’s football team, opened account for her side in the 1st minute (1-0).

Another national colored booter Krishna struck twice with headers in the 3rd and 11th minute both from the corner-kicks by Midfielder Sanjida Akhter (3-0). Moushumi added two more goals in a span of couple of minutes before the half-time (40th and 41st minutes) (5-0).

Despite having a 5-0 goal lead, Kings started to play pressing football from the beginning of second half. Sabina scored her second goal in the 46th minute (6-0). Krishna, who scored two in the first half, completed her hat-trick utilising a pass from defender Nilufa Yeamin in the 55th minute (7-0).

Defender Sheuli struck the eighth goal for Kings converting a penalty in the 57th minute (8-0). Just after six minutes, Sabina completed her hat-trick scoring her third goal in the 63rd minute (9-0). Nargis netted her lone goal of the match in the 83rd minute (10-0) while Maria buried the ball from a direct corner-kick in 87th minute (11-0). Krishna netted her fourth in the 90th minute while Anwara SC Goalie Asa Kormokar made a blunder inside the box (12-0).  

Country’s first women referee from FIFA Joya Chakma officiated the game. After the match, Kings Coach Mahmuda Khatun said, “We played well today. Our plan was to play the attacking football and to clinch a big-margin win against them (Begum Anwara Sporting Club). We did it but we were also expecting more competition in the match.”

Kings key player Krishna said, “Coach instructed us to play attacking football. We just followed her instructions. I have scored today and I want to continue it in the next matches.” 

This year, a total of seven teams are going to take part in the double-league basis meet. The other five teams are: Nasrin Sporting Club, Jamalpur Kacharipara Akadas, FC Uttar Bongo, Kumilla United and Spartan MK Gallactico Sylhet FC.

On Sunday, Kumilla United will face Jamalpur Kacharipara Akadas at 12 pm and Nasrin Sporting Club will take on Spartan MK Gallactico Sylhet FC at 3 pm, both at the same venue.