Dhaka, Mar 2 (UNB)– Bangladesh will play China in their third and last match to decide Group B champions from the qualifying round-2 match of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship on Sunday.
The match will kick-off at 2:30pm Bangladesh time at Mandalar Thiri Stadium in Mandalay, Myanmar.
Bangladesh U-16 Women secured a final round berth of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship for the second successive time alongwith China with one match to spare. They eliminated hosts Myanmar 1-0 in their second Group B match on Friday after a dream start, crushing the Philippines by 10-0 goals on Wednesday.
In Sunday’s group decider, Bangladesh have to beat stronger China to be the champions. China topped the group list scoring 12 goals, against Bangladesh’s 11 goals, but both teams have secured full six points.
China beat Myanmar by 5-0 goals and the Philippines 7-0. Hosts Myanmar and the Philippines were eliminated from the meet after suffering two successive defeats.
After the two Group B matches, both China and Bangladesh have secured berths in the eight-team final round of the AFC meet scheduled for September in Thailand, also a qualifying meet of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020.
With the feat, Bangladesh have an opportunity to play in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup as three top teams of the AFC meet will be entitled to play in the World Cup.
In the final round of the last AFC U-16 Women’s Championship in 2017, also a qualifying round of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, Bangladesh suffered 0-9 goals defeat against North Korea, conceded 0-3 defeat against Japan and 2-3 defeat against Australia.
Earlier, hosts Bangladesh U-16 Women’s team reached the round-2 of the AFC qualifiers as the unbeaten Group F champions crushing Lebanon 8-0, United Arab Emirates 7-0 and Vietnam 2-2 in Dhaka in September last year.
Ahead of the Sunday’s vital match, Bangladesh U-16 Team and Bangladesh National team, also in Myanmar, enjoyed a day of recovery with light pool session, foam rollers and stretching and looking forward to their final game against one of the biggest football nation in Asia.
Three injured Bangladeshi players – Shamsunnahar Junior, Tahura Khatun and Rupa – had a rehabilitation session with the team’s physio.
Bangladesh Head Coach Golam Rabbani Choton, said: “We are now making plans to play against stronger China. This is a great opportunity for us to play against such high profile oppositions. We also have a good opportunity to measure ourselves against a real force in female World Football.”
“The reality is that they are a quality team, but we see this as a great opportunity to continue to improve and learn,” he added.
Captain Maria Manda concurred. “Playing against this kind of quality opposition allows us to learn and improve as we are now developing,” she said.
Dubai, Mar 2 (AP/UNB) — Roger Federer can win the 100th title of his career at the Dubai Championships on Saturday.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion will have to beat the rising star of tennis to do so.
Federer set up a title match against 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas by defeating Borna Coric 6-2, 6-2 in just 67 minutes in the semifinals of the ATP event on Friday.
"I think it was important to mix it up, be solid, not give him too many chances and keep showing him it's going to be really difficult for him to win, " Federer said. "At the end, I actually played really good. I'm very pleased."
Federer, who is 37, is looking to become the second man in the professional era to reach 100 tour-level tournament titles, joining Jimmy Connors, who won 109. Seven of Federer's previous 99 wins have come in Dubai.
Tsitsipas had a tougher time getting to the final, rallying for a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) win over Gael Monfils.
Saturday's match will be a battle of the generations — and a repeat of their meeting in the last 16 of the Australian Open in January, which was surprisingly won by Tsitsipas in four sets on his way to the semifinals.
"(Stefanos) showed me at the Australian Open, how hard he is (to play)," said Federer. "We're still far from (reaching 100 titles), it seems. I'm just going to try to focus and play good tennis."
Tsitsipas won the Open 13 in Marseille without dropping a set last week for the second title of his career, and has continued his strong form in the United Arab Emirates. He is now assured of a place in the top 10 of the world rankings for first time, replacing Marin Cilic.
"I have improved since last year," Tsitsipas said. "Beating the big guys, big players, players that have been in the top 10, means a lot to me. I wanted to get there (top 10) at some point myself, and I made it today."
Dubai, Mar 1(AP/UNB) — Roger Federer is two matches away from his 100th career title after beating Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (6), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Dubai Championships semifinals.
Federer faced two set points in the tiebreaker but Fucsovics hit two forehands into the net to let the Swiss star take control. Federer then wasted an early break in the second set but broke again for a 5-4 lead before serving out the match when Fucsovics sent a forehand return wide.
"The tiebreak was tough. I'm happy I found a way to get out of that one," Federer said. "That was an exciting match, to say the least."
Federer is looking to become the second man in the professional era to reach 100 tour-level tournament tiles, joining Jimmy Connors, who won 109. Seven of Federer's previous 99 triumphs have come in Dubai.
He will next face sixth-seeded Borna Coric, who beat Nikolaz Basilashvili 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1). Coric beat Federer twice last year, including in the Halle final.
"He's really found his game," Federer said of Coric. "We've had a couple tough matches as of late."
The other semifinal will pit rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece against French veteran Gael Monfils.
Tsitispas outlasted Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 (4), 6-7 (1), 6-1, while Monfils beat Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-2.
Both Tsitsipas and Monfils are coming off tournament wins in Europe last week and have a 1-1 head-to-head record.
"We're both serving really well," Tsitsipas said. "We have similar game style. I guess I'm a bit more aggressive than him, but he's much faster. I'm going to have to deal with all of that, be patient, play with passion as well, just wait for the opportunities to break him."
Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – Flame Boys Club clinched the Metropolis First Division Men’s Handball League title beating Star Sports by 33-9 goals in the last league match at the Shaheed (Captain) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium here on Thursday.
The winners led the first half by 11-4 goals.
Parvez Mosharraf of the champions team was adjudged the best player of the league.
Vice-President of Bangladesh Handball Federation Golam Habib was the chief guest at the day’s closing ceremony and later he distributed the trophies.
In the day’s other match, Purbachal Parishad beat Jurain Janata Club 14-12 goals after trailing the first session by 6-7 goals.
Dhaka, Feb 27 (UNB) – The Bangabandhu Inter-University Sports Champs 2019 will begin on March 18, marking the birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Over 3,500 students from 70 public and private universities across the country are expected to join the month-long meet.
Ten disciplines of sports -- football, cricket, swimming, athletics, table tennis, basketball, volleyball, handball, cycling and badminton -- are included in the mega sports festival.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell disclosed these at a press conference at the National Sports Council on Wednesday.
The event will be inaugurated at Bangabandhu National Stadium on March 18 and the closing ceremony will be held on April 17 with a students’ parade.
The championships will continue for a month at the universities across the country. The top three winners of every event will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medal respectively.
The highest gold medal-winning male and female participants will be awarded “Best Male University Athlete” and “Best Female University Athlete” trophies respectively.
Besides, the highest gold medal-winning university team will be awarded the “Bangabandhu Inter-University Sports Champions Trophy 2019” which the winning university will be able to keep for a year.
There will be a “Torch Relay” and “Trophy Tour” at all participant universities before the event starts.