Dhaka, Sep 4 (UNB) – Bangladesh Under-16 Women’s Football team will fly for Thailand Thursday morning to participate in the eight-nation AFC U-16 Women’s Championship 2019 in a hope to make a good start beating the hosts in opener.
The tournament will begin September 15 at Chonburi Stadium. It is a qualifying meet for FIFA Under-17 Women World Cup 2020.
The Thailand-bound Bangladesh team made their last practice session at BFF artificial turf in Motijheel on Wednesday.
Captain of Bangladesh Under-16 Women’s team Maria Manda said, “All of the group matches are important for us, but we’re focusing on our opening match against the hosts. We want to win it.”
Earlier on Tuesday, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) announced a 31-member squad, comprising of 23 booters and eight officials.
Ahead of the main competition, Bangladesh team will conduct a 10-day preparation camp in the Thai city.
During the preparatory camp, they will play three practice matches against two Thai clubs. The first two are against Chonburi FC Women’s team on September 6 and 9 while the other match against Kasetsart University Women’s team is scheduled for September 11
Bangladesh were put in Group A alongside hosts Thailand, Japan and Australia while Group B comprises defending champions North Korea, runners-up South Korea, China PR and Vietnam.
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 will start their campaign taking on hosts Thailand in the opening match on September 15 at Chonburi Stadium. Bangladesh will face Japan on September 18 and Australia on September 21, both at Chonburi.
Bangladesh players: Mahmuda Akhter, Rupna Chakma, Yasmin Akther, Akhi Khatun (VC), Nazma, Anai Mogini, Nilufa Yesmin Nila, Ritu Porna Chakma, Maria Manda (C), Monika Chakma, Monne Akter, Laboni Akter, Sohagi Kisku, Sultana, Anuching Mogini, Nouson Jahan, Rehena Akther, Sheheda Akter Ripa, Shamsunnahar, Tohura Khatun, Shamsunnahar, Rojina Akther, Sajeda Khatun.