We are delighted and proud that Bangladesh has been crowned as the 2022 SAFF Women's Football Champions in the land of Nepal for the first time. The whole nation is amazed with cheerful mood for their success. The SAFF Women's Championship, also called the South Asian Football Federation Women's Cup, is the main association football competition of the women's national football teams, governed by the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF).
The tournaments were played from 6–19 September 2022 in Kathmandu, Nepal. In the final, Bangladesh played Nepal on September 19, 2022 at the Dasharath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu. Bangladesh won the final match 3–1, claiming their first SAFF title. Bangladeshi player Sabina Khatun was the tournament's best player, winning the most valuable player award. Also, Sabina Khatun won the top scorer(s) award as she scored the most goals during the tournament with eight. Bangladesh's Rupna Chakma won the Best Goalkeeper award with four clean sheets, awarded to the goalkeeper with the most clean sheets. All the people of Bangladesh have congratulated them for their brilliant success.
Skilled grassroots level players will rise up to the centre for making themselves for international competitions. Continuous coaching and training will make them skilled, efficient and self-confident to compete with other countries in the world. It is the way of winning the game. The joy of success is the honour of all, development of all, pride of all and known face to all. We are an independent nation. We want to go to the World Olympic Games to compete with other nations in the world. We want to be branded as “Bangladesh brand” in near future.
We hope that Bangladeshi players will win World Olympic Gold Medal, Bronze or Silver in the international competitions. Consciousness has been growing and people are feeling the necessities of more sports fields/play grounds in our land. Old playgrounds can be regained and revived for our own interests. Our high profile policy makers, generous men/ richest men should come forward to materialise our dreams in future. Our two City Corporation Mayors (North & South) have recently underscored the necessities of regaining our old playgrounds in Dhaka and they are working accordingly.
It is a right step to spread and encourage sports and games in the mind of people. Steps can be taken nationally to identify the potentials of sports and games in the country to make ready our future players to compete nationally and internationally. The Ministry of Youth and Sports can take more concrete steps for development of sports and games in Bangladesh. Bangladesh made history in the world through SAFF Women’s Championship in the land of Nepal and made a clear signal to the world that we can win the World Cup Trophy if we promise, determine and act accordingly for more nurturing and promoting game and sports in the country. Our next dream is to win the World Olympic Championship.
Md Muzibur Rahman, a columnist