Bangladesh women’s head coach Golam Robbani Choton said that they are eyeing to retain the title of SAFF U-19 Women Championship scheduled to be held in Dhaka from December 11-22 at the Bir Sherestha Shaheed Sepoy Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
Bangladesh earlier clinched the maiden title of this competition in 2018 in the Maldives. The competition was originally named SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship. Later, the SAFF committee transformed it to SAFF U-19 Women’s Championship.
The head coach also added that the team are balanced with a bunch of new and experienced players as well as they got enough time for the preparation ahead of the tournament.
“There are some new players in the team as Krishna, Moushumi, Shopna and some other players are not taking part in this edition due to their overage. The newcomers are doing good in the camp, and they are practicing hard. Besides, we have some experienced players such as Shamsunnahar (Jr), Maria, Monika, Shamsunnahar and Tohura,” he said.
“We have started camp on October 30. Since then, we are continuously practicing. Players are in good shape and there is a good understanding between experienced and newcomers. Our opponents also started their camp at the same time,” he further said.
However, a total of five teams are taking part in this edition. Pakistan will not take part due to FIFA suspension and the Maldives withdrew from the tournament before the fixtures were finalised.
The hosts and defending champions Bangladesh will play against Nepal, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka on December 11, 13, 17 and 19 in the round-robin group stage of the second edition of the meet. The top two teams will play the final on December 22. All participating teams are expected to arrive in Dhaka this week.