Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB) – Laos are a step closer to a semifinal spot in the ongoing Women’s U-19 Bangamata International Gold Cup after thrashing Mongolia 5-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Central midfielder Pe and captain Aphatsala Chanhthavongxay scored two goals each and Saysamone Inthaphone netted the other one for the winners.
Laos will take on Tajikistan on Saturday (April 27) in their last Group A match to decide the group champions.
The match will be held on April 25 at 8:30pm to accommodate the final of the football event in the Bangabandhu Inter University Sports Champs organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports at the same venue earlier in the day, that the prime minister is expected to attend.
In today’s game though, Laos got the first success in the 2nd minute as midfielder Pe netted the fastest goal of the tournament (1-0).
In the 13th minute, a misstep by Mongolian goalie Munkhzul Byambatsetseg helped captain Aphatsala Chanhthavongxay to widen the margin (2-0).
Rampant Laos got the third success after eighteen minutes. Aphatsala Chanhthavongxay scored her second goal in the 31st minute of the match (3-0).
After the half time, Laos carried on their domination. In the 50th minute, central midfielder Pe again buried the ball into net with her right foot long range shot (4-0).
Mongolia got another blow while defender Saysamone Inthaphone netted the ball directly with a curved free kick (5-0).
Mongolia, who previously routed Tajikistan by 3-0 goals on April 23, failed to come back in the match.
Loas won the game by 5-0 goals, making a bright impression on the tournament in their first outing.
Bangladesh will take on Kyrgyzstan in the second Group A match to decide the group champions on Friday at the same venue. The match will kick off at 6pm (BST).
Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB) – Bangladesh Ansar emerged champions in the men’s group of the 8th Services Wrestling Competition securing four gold, three silver and one bronze medals at the Sheikh Russel Roller Skating Complex here on Thursday.
Bangladesh Army clinched the women’s title of the meet securing six gold, three silver and one bronze medals.
Deputy Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association Ashiqur Rahman Miku was the chief guest at the day’s closing function and later he distributed the prizes.
Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB) – Khulna Division reached the final of the Sheikh Kamal U-20 National Football Tournament eliminating Chattogram Division by 2-0 goals in the extra time at Shankar Govinda Chowdhury Stadium in Natore on Thursday.
The semifinal between the two teams was locked in a goalless position in the scheduled time.
In the extra session, Medio Khaled Biswas scored both the goals for Khulna, one in each half of the extra time.
Earlier in the first half of the scheduled time, Riaz Nabi of Khulna and Parvez of Chattogram came close to score, but spoiled the golden chances.
Rajshahi Division will play Dhaka Division in the 2nd semifinal on Friday at 3:30pm at the same venue. The final match will be held on Sunday.
Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB) – Bangladesh are confident of winning the Group B title-deciding match of Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup Football Tournament against Kyrgyzstan.
The match is scheduled for Friday 6pm at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Three years ago, Bangladeshi girls defeated Kyrgyzstan Under-16 team by 10-0 goals in the AFC U-16 Women’s Qualifiers at the same venue.
Ahead of Friday’s match, Bangladesh Head Coach Golam Rabbani Choton expressed his confidence. “We’ve already reached the semifinal. Now, we’re eyeing group champions,” he said.
Bangladesh started their campaign in the six-nation meet with a 2-0 victory over UAE in the opening match on April 22. Despite having some close chances, the girls failed to widen the margin due to a lack of finishers and shakiness in the attacking end.
Choton said that they worked theoretically and practically on their weakness for the last three days. “I hope the girls now understand what they have to do,” the head coach added.
Bangladesh are likely to field the same squad.
He said that Kyrgyzstan are a good team but “we’re focusing on the victory [not the margin].”
Kyrgyzstan also reached the semifinals eliminating the UAE by 2-1 goals on Wednesday.
Forward Boronbekova Aizhan and Yrysbek Kyzy Kenzhebubu netted one goal each for the winners while Shahd Khaled Alzarkan scored the lone goal for the UAE.
Aizhan will not play against Bangladesh as she received a red card for committing a serious foul in the 42nd minute.
Probable Bangladesh squad: Rupna Chakma, Shamsunnahar, Sheuli Azim, Misrat Jahan Mousumi (C), Akhi Khatun, Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Sanjida Akter, Sirat Jahan Shopna/Sajeda Khatun, Krishna Rani Sarker, Nargis Khatun
Dhaka, Apr 25 (UNB) - Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes on Thursday said Bangladesh have the ability to beat any team in the World Cup. But he thinks the Tigers need to play their best brand of cricket to register wins in the condition of England which is not a regular destination for the Tigers.
“We need to be brutally honest to say what the main target of Bangladesh in the World Cup is. There’re some very good teams going to the World Cup. So, it’ll be very tough for the Tigers to do well in England. At the same time, there’re many sides who respect Bangladesh for their cricketing ability,” Rhodes told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Bangladesh started their preparation camp on April 22 ahead of the World Cup. But all of the members of the national team are yet to join the camp as they have just played tough competition in the Dhaka League.
“We’ve proved that what we can do. We’ve played in the Champions Trophy before I arrived here. We beat West Indies in a couple of series as well. So, we have the ability to beat any team in the World Cup. But to do that, we have to play our best cricket,” Rhodes further told reporters.
However, Bangladesh coach expressed his dissatisfaction about the performance in New Zealand. “In the last international series in New Zealand, it was very disappointing. We failed to turn the things up. Maybe we’re saving the best for later. But (Mohammad) Mithun and Sabbir (Rahman) did well, which was nice to take away. The boys were tired on the back of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).”
Traditionally, the International Cricket Council (ICC) tries to prepare batting-friendly wicket in its event. So, the things might be the same in the upcoming World Cup. Bangladesh coach believes the World Cup will witness a lot of high-scoring matches which can make the things tough for the Tigers.
Despite the unfamiliarity of scoring high-totals, Bangladesh coach thinks the guys are well to do that in England in an easy manner as the wickets of England are flat and the outfields are faster compared to Asian wickets.
“It’s more difficult for the bowlers in England to perform well. The wickets of England are flat. But our style is to contain runs and squeeze to pick up wickets. We may need to score bigger totals, but it’s a lot easier to do that in England. The outfields are fast. The wickets are generally flat and balls come on to the bat for good shots. This is why you see big scores in England,” Rhodes concluded.