Sunday, 5 December, 2021

Sabina demands more int’l exposures

Sabina demands more int’l exposures
Forward Krishna Rani Sarkar is challenged by a Jordan player during an AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifier match last month. – FILE PHOTO

Bangladesh national women’s team captain Sabina Khatun demanded more international friendlies for making themselves ready to fight against strong opponents at international levels. 

Bangladesh experienced several difficulties during their tours in Nepal and Uzbekistan last month with their playing style, combination and finishing or scoring that resulted in one win, one draw and three defeats in six matches.

“Most of the girls came from U-18/19 sides. There were no doubts about their physical fitness and they played in the same rhythm throughout the 90 minutes of the game. But they were nervous against strong opponents like Jordan and Iran. It happened in the matches due to a lack of experience,” Sabina told The Daily Sun on Saturday.

“There were many issues in ball controlling, passing and finishing. We must work on these a lot. It isn’t for any particular player or position, it needs for the entire team. I think we should give them at least one to two years to grow mature and experienced,” Bangladesh captain said.

Bangladesh suffered a 1-2 defeat before a goalless draw against Nepal in two friendlies in Kathmandu and they lost by the same margin of 0-5 goals against Jordan and Iran in two group matches of AFC Asian Cup qualifiers in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

 However, they completed their campaign on a high note as they earned a 5-0 win over Hong Kong in their solitary invitational match.

Bangladesh captain appreciated footballers for their performances after returning to the field after a long two-year break. Besides, she blamed for the ‘finishing or scoring’ problems as they lost to Jordan and Iran and ensured a draw against Nepal.

“I think our performance is comparatively good considering a long break. But we faced a lot of problems with finishing in the second match against Nepal which frustrated us very much. We were supposed to return with a win in the second match after losing the first game. But our weaknesses of scoring ended it in a draw,” she said.

Forward Krishna Rani Sarkar echoed the same sentiment adding that their weaknesses of finishing wasted their performances in vain.

“There were huge differences between our opponents and us. We played only leagues, not international matches. We had a lot of problems in finishing. We wasted many close chances in the games, made silly mistakes as well. We need to work on it,” Krishna Rani said.

Midfielder Sanjida felt that their defence errors mainly put them in danger and opened chances for opponents to extend their margins.

“We made some silly mistakes in the games as we went to play after a long time. Our defence was weak, so we conceded a lot of goals,” she said.  

“We must be more careful against the big teams like Jordan and Iran, who are ranking far above us and who have mature and aged (over 25) players,” she concluded.