Bangladesh Women's Football team made a flying start in the seven-nation 6th SAFF Women's Championship' 2022 crushing the Maldives by 3-0 goal in their first match at the Dasharath (Rangasala) Stadium in Kathmandu Wednesday evening.
All the three goals of the match were scored in the first half.
Experiened booter cum captain Sabina Khatun struck twice for Bangladesh in the 32nd and 40th minutes while Masura Parvin netted the remaining goal in the 34th minute.
Bangladesh team was placed in tough Group A alongwith five times champions India, the Maldives and Pakistan while comparatively easier Group B comprises hosts Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.
In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will face Pakistan on Sept 10 and meet holders India on Sept 13.
Earlier In the day's first Group A match, defending champions India also made a good start outplaying their arch-rival Pakistan by 3-0 goal at the same venue Wednesday afternoon.
In the inaugural match ( Group B) hosts Nepal beat Bhutan by 4-0 goal on Tuesday
On completion of group matches, top two teams from each of the groups will play in the semifinals on Sept 16.
The final match will held on Sept 19.