Sherpur, Sept 15 (UNB)- The district level competition of the Bangabandhu-Bangamata Gold Cup U-17 Football Tournament started here on Sunday at the Shaheed Darog Ali Poura Park in the district.
Deputy Commissioner of Sherpur Anar Koly Mahbud inaugurated the meet as the chief guest at a ceremony.
In the Bangamata Gold Cup, Nalitabari Upazila beat Jhenaigati Upazila by 2-1 goals in tie breaker as the match was locked in 1-1 goals in the stipulated period.
In the Bangabandhu Gold Cup, Jhenaigati Upazila beat Nalitabari Upazila by 3-2 goals in tie breaker after goalless in the schedule time.
A total of five upazilas and Sherpur Pourashava team are taking part in the meet.
Dhaka, Sept 15 (UNB) – NoFeL Sporting Club outplayed Sheikh Russel KC by 2-0 goals in a match of ongoing Walton Under-18 Football Tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Sunday.
Pias and Abir scored one goal each in the 23rd and 81st minute respectively for NoFeL SC.
In the day’s another match, Brothers Union Club beat Muktijoddha SKC by 3-1 goals at the same venue.
Jalal, Rashed and Minhajul scored for Brothers Union Club in the 2nd, 70th and 90th minutes respectively while Touhid scored the lone goal for Muktijoddha SKC in the 50th minute.
In the next matches on Monday, Arambagh KS will play Rahmatgonj MFS at 4 pm and Bashundhara Kings to play Dhaka Mohammedan at 6:30 pm.
Twelve teams of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) clubs – split into four groups – will participate in the tournament.
Dhaka, Sep 15 (UNB) - Bangladesh Under-16 Women’s Football team conceded 0-1 goal defeat against Thailand in the opening match of the eight-nation AFC U-16 Women’s Championship at Chonburi Stadium on Sunday.
After a barren first half, forward Thawanrat Promthongmee scored the matchwinner for Thailand in the 58th minute.
Hosts Thailand put pressure on Bangladesh from very beginning of the match with their attacking football.
Bangladesh also played some good football in the first half to manage some good opportunities, but failed to utilize the chances.
After goalless first half, Thai girls started their aggressive football in the 2nd half but most of their efforts went in vain in the final third.
Thai forward Thawanrat Promthongmee scored the match decider in the 58th minute by a right-footed direct free kick (1-0).
Thailand were awarded a free kick while Bangladesh defender Anai Mogini fouled onrushing Thai midfielder Janista Jinantuya outside of the danger zone
Thailand could double the margin in the 85th minute as their substitute forward Suchavadee Chompaeng spoiled a penalty as her spot kick went outside hitting the post.
Thailand got the penalty when Bangladesh vice-captain Akhi Khatun roughly tackled Suchavadee in the danger zone.
In the day’s first match, three-time champions Japan played out a goalless draw with Australia at the IPE Chonburi Stadium.
With the day’s victory, Thailand dominated point table securing full three points, Japan and Australia follow the leader securing one point each while Bangladesh yet to open account.
Bangladesh, who put in four-team Group A alongside hosts Thailand, Japan and Australia, will face Japan on September 18 and Australia on September 21 in their remaining group matches, both at IPE Chonburi Stadium.
The champions and runners-up teams of the eight-team qualifying round will represent Asia alongside hosts India in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020.
Bangladesh: Rupna Chakma, Anai Mogini, Akhi Khatun, Shamsunnahar, Nazma, Nilufa Yesmin Nila, Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Anuching Mogini, Tohura Khatun/ Sajeda Khatun (83rd), Shamsunnahar.
Thailand: Sawitta Boonwong, Supapron Intaraprasit, Janista Jinantuya, Chattaya Pratumkul, Pluemjai Bungthong, Thanatphat Bungthong, Thawanrat Promthongmee, Pawarisa Homyamyen, Thanchanok Jansri, Nualanong Muensri, Fasawang Kaetkeaw/ Suchavadee Chompaeng (64th).
Referee: Kim Yu Jeong (South Korea)
Dhaka, Sept 15 (UNB) – With the hope to reach the 2nd round, Bangladesh Under-16 Football team will fly for Qatar on Monday afternoon to participate in the Group E matches of the AFC U-16 Championship’2020 Qualifiers beginning on Wednesday at Aspire Dome Indoor Stadium in Doha.
Earlier, Bangladesh were put in Group E of the AFC Junior meet along with Yemen, Qatar and Bhutan.
The Bangladesh team will play hosts Qatar on Wednesday (Sept 18), Bhutan on Friday (Sept 20) and Yemen on Sunday (Sept 22), all at the Aspire Dome in Doha.
A 31-member Bangladesh team comprise of 23 booters and eight officials.
A press conference was held at the BFF House in Motijheel on Sunday where Bangladesh team leader and BFF member Bijon Barua, BFF member and deputy team leader Amit Khan Shuvra, team manager and former national footballer Mohammed Mohsin, head coach Robert Martin Ryles, assistant coaches Abul Hossain and Jahan E Alam Nury and key player Jony Sikder were present.
Addressing the press conference, the Bangladesh team leader said, “Our U-16 team emerged SAFF champions in Sylhet and Nepal earlier and this time we expect a good result from them.”
Robert Martin Ryles said, “Our team are well-prepared. They also played some preparatory matches here. Now we’re looking for the challenge of the AFC U-16 Champs. It’ll be a good test to judge our players.”
Replying to a query, he said, they are in optimum level and the competition in tough. “Anything is possible. It’ll be good to win to qualifying for the 2nd round.”
Bangladesh defender Jony Sikder said they are looking for a good result to reach the 2nd round.
The 23-member squad: Md Mehedi Hasan, Rafsun Jamy Mim, Mehdi Hasan Srabon, Al Mirad, Apurbo Mali, Jony Sikder, Mohammad Azizul Hoque Ananto, Md Pias Ahmmed Nova, Md Emon Islam Babu, Sirajul Islam Rana, Sajed Hasan Jummon Nijum, Sayed Nayeem Ahmed, Kazirul Islam Hridoy, Md Rajib Hossain, Hafizur Rahman Tushar, Md Rabiul Alam, Md Ali Shakib, Saiful Islam Sumon, Asadul Molla, Siful Islam Saeed, Tauhidul Islam Sifat, Sabbir Ahamed Moni and Moniul Islam Moni.
Dhaka, Sept 15 (UNB) - Barcelona’s teenage sensation Ansummane Fati is already being considered for the Spain team, coach Robert Moreno said after the 16-year-old lit up the Camp Nou with a superb display in his side’s rampant 5-2 win over Valencia on Saturday.
Having already become Barca’s youngest ever scorer when he netted against Osasuna two weeks ago, Ansu Fati became the youngest player to score in La Liga at the Camp Nou when he opened the scoring in the second minute with a confident first-time shot.
Fati then tore Valencia’s defence apart with a thrilling run into the box which led to him laying on a pass for Frenkie de Jong to score Barca’s second and continued to torment the visitors before he was substituted and given a standing ovation.
Spain coach Moreno was among those in the Camp Nou crowd enraptured by the forward, who was born in Guinea-Bissau but moved to Spain aged six, and he said the federation were working to ensure he could be available to play for the national team.
“I’m not involved in the process but the federation are working on bringing Ansu Fati into the Spain team and then it will be the player’s decision,” Moreno told reporters.
“The federation always works to ensure Spain has the best players. It’s very exciting for Barca to have a player who has come through La Masia (the club’s academy) doing so well but he must ensure he doesn’t get carried away, he must stay calm.”
Barca coach Ernesto Valverde also praised Fati for his rapid rise from the club’s youth set up into the first team.
“It’s not simple at all to develop into a Barca player so quickly but he is very focused and he is doing well,” he said.
“It’s not normal for a player to score with their first action, then get an assist with his second and nearly score with his third.
“We want him to get to know the level he is playing at, to keep developing and keep working so he can contribute even more for us.”
Sergio Busquets, a Barca academy success story himself, encouraged Fati to keep his feet on the ground.
“When you are young you’re not aware of everything around you and you can get carried away with the praise you get because you have earned it, but we all know how difficult it is to succeed and you have to be consistent,” the midfielder said.
“He has amazing talent and his head is screwed on. I hope this is the start of a very long and beautiful story for him here.”