Bangladesh will play Pakistan in the second semifinal of the six-nation South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U-16 Championship in Bhutan on Friday. The match between Group B champions Pakistan and Group A runners-up Bangladesh will kick off at 7 pm (Bangladesh time) at the Changlimithang Stadium in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu. Read : SAFF U-16 Champs: Bangladesh reach semifinal as India beat Nepal 1-0 Group A champions India will also play the first semifinal on Friday against the Group B runners-up Maldives, which booked a seat for the last four stages after eliminating hosts Bhutan 3-2 in the last group match on Wednesday. Earlier, India emerged Group A champions to reach the semifinal with an all-win record, securing six points from two straight matches, beating both Nepal and Bangladesh by a 1-0 equal goal margin. Bangladesh finished as Group A runners-up to qualify for the semifinal, collecting three points from two matches and beating Nepal by 1-0 goal after conceding 0-1 goal defeat against India. Read : AFC Cup Football: Mohun Bagan advance to group stage eliminating Dhaka Abahani Pakistan emerged Group B champions also with all- win record securing full six points from two group encounters after beating Bhutan by 2-1 goals and the Maldives by 3-0 goals. The Maldives managed a semifinal berth as group B runners, eliminating hosts Bhutan by a 3-2 goal in the last group match Wednesday evening. Ahead of Friday's semifinal, the Bangladesh team is due to make their final practices Thursday evening at the match venue. Read : Bangladesh football team captain Jamal Bhuyan signs for Argentine Club Earlier, Bangladesh was placed in the three-team stronger Group A with India and Nepal while Group B teams comprise the Maldives, Pakistan, and hosts Bhutan. The final match will be held on Sunday at the same venue.
Captain of the new SAFF Women’s champions, Bangladesh’s Sabina Khatun, wants to keep entertaining the football-crazy fans of Bangladesh and also win more trophies in the future. She was speaking at BFF’s official press conference to welcome back the triumphant Bangladesh team from the SAFF Women’s Championship 2022 in Nepal. By the time Sabina got the mic, night had fallen. She had just come off the euphoric high of an open-top bus parade through the city, for the country to welcome back its heroines in a befitting manner. The scene at the BFF premises was chaotic, and the captain, as well as the highest goalscorer, and not to mention the best player of the tournament award winner, must have been tired, finally. In World Cup terms - she won the Golden Boot, the Golden Ball, and lifted the trophy. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell MP, BFF and SAFF President Kazi Salahuddin, BFF Senior vice president Abdus Salam Murshedy MP, Chairman of the BFF Women's Football Committee Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, Head coach of Women's football team Golam Rabbani Chotan, among others, also addressed the press conference. Sabina expressed her gratitude to the 160 million people of Bangladesh for giving them such a historic reception and providing all-out support. "We are staying at the BFF camp together for the last four to five years, BFF President Kazi Salauddin told us to work hard to achieve success. We did that with the support of BFF and other authorities concerned, and at the end of the day we got the desired result," Sabina added. Head Coach Golam Rabbani Choton said "Our turning point was the start of the countrywide talent hunt program, then came long-term training camp in 2016. From there we were then optimistic of reaping the fruit when the girls would turn to 19-20 years old." "It wouldn’t have been possible for us to be the champions without the continuous support of BFF, the hard work of the players,” he acknowledged. But he was keener to point out: “Our team won its first SAFF Women's trophy playing dominating football all throughout." He is absolutely right of course. It’s a fact that has somewhat faded behind the euphoria of the first championship - it is how brilliantly the girls played. Most people would have seen only the final - where it was clear that from the very first minute, Bangladesh were looking to attack, and did - winning a corner. Once they went ahead, they didn’t even sit back - they kept looking for a second. Except for maybe a cagey 20-minute period in the second half that ended with Nepal pulling one back, Bangladesh were clearly the better side. The fact that it was being played in Kathmandu, seemed to be lost on our Tigresses. All three goals were beautifully executed combining technical skill and footballing vision. Actually, this has been nurtured in this generation of footballers by their participation in the steady progress made through the age groups in South Asia since the middle of the last decade - Choton is right. He has bred a generation of women footballers who press like demons, a team that moves forward working in neat triangles throughout the pitch, and with emphasis on technique from the first touch. The girls grew up idealising ‘tiki-taka’. Let’s not forget, their goal record from the tournament was an incredible 23 scored to 1 against. BFF President Kazi Salahuddin, who received the team at the BFF office Wednesday evening, gave all credit to the players and team management for their success. “After winning the SAFF trophy, our next target is to play in the Asean and Asian level with teams like Thailand, Korea and Japan,” he said. Earlier, the Bangladesh team was accorded a grand reception on arrival at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka from Kathmandu Wednesday afternoon. The Tigresses earned the dream title for the first time beating five-times runners-up and hosts Nepal 3-1 in the final in Kathmandu Monday evening. Bangladesh broke the complete domination of India through previous editions of the tournament - winning all five. Before the final, we knew the 6th edition would produce the first champion outside India, the regional giant. And it turned out to be Bangladesh, and deservingly so. Everybody has been dazzled by their play in this tournament. It even won the Fair Play Award - as if any more proof were needed of their clean, beautiful brand of football. India had been confronted earlier - and ruthlessly disposed of, 3-0, in the group phase. That game itself seemed to symbolise the end of an era. And the Bangladeshi girls did it themselves, shattering the confidence of their potentially most formidable rival, who came second in the group and were eliminated in the semifinal. Also read: SAFF Women's Champs: Bangladesh captain Sabina Khatun wins highest scorer, best player awards
Rangpur's daughter Sirat Jahan Shopna, member of the Bangladesh women's football team, has made its residents proud with her role in the team clinching the title in the seven-nation SAFF Women's Championship. Those who once mocked Shopna for her dream to become a footballer are now overjoyed with her success. In fact, the whole district is now overwhelmed for Shopna from Palichora village of Sadyapuskarini Union, over historical triumph against Nepal in the tournament's final. In this tournament, Bangladesh beat India 3-0 with Shopna scoring a pair of goals. She scored one goal against Pakistan. In the final, Shopna was withdrawn due to injury soon after the kick-off. In all, she scored four goals in this tournament. Shopna’s mother Lipi Begum used to get angry with her for her interest in football. Later, she surrendered to the girl's indomitable will and encouraged her daughter to fulfil her dream. Lipi said Shopna grew interest in playing football when she was in class four. “My brother Abdul Latif took Shopna to groom her to be a footballer and since then she is moving towards her dream.” Shopna's father Moksar Ali, a farmer, is also overwhelmed with his daughter's success. He said, “I feel very happy. The Bangladesh women's football team won today and my daughter played in it.” He also sought the people’s prayers so that she can do something better for the country. Fans and journalists are thronging Shopna’s home to congratulate her parents. Milon Khan, the coach of the newly formed Youth Sporting Club of the union, said this village is a village of women footballers. “This is the first time that one of our daughter Shopna earned fame by winning the SAFF Championship. We have plans to give her a grand reception,” he added. Bangladesh national women's team reached Dhaka around 1:50 pm today. After completion of the airport formalities, the heroes of Bangladesh boarded a newly shaped and well-decorated open deck BRTC bus at about 3:30 pm for the BFF office in Motijheel from the airport. Along the way, they were greeted by thousands of jubilant fans. On Monday, Bangladesh defeated Nepal 3-1 in the final match, with Shamsunnahar scoring the game's first goal in the 13th minute. Krishna Rani Sarkar scored the final two goals for Bangladesh in the 42nd and 77th minutes, ensuring the nation's first SAFF Women's Championship title. Also read: Kalsindur ready to welcome its poster girls – 8 SAFF champs
Kalsindur village in Dubaora upazila on the India-Bangladesh border in Mymensingh is all set to welcome its symbols of pride – eight members of the women's football team who have brought the SAFF glory to the country. The "golden girls" of the village – Sanjida, Maria Manda, Sheuli Azim, Marzia Akhter, Shamsunnahar, Tahura, Sajeda, and Shamshunnahar Jr – represented the Bangladesh team that clinched the South Asian women's football crown for the first time Monday, breaking India's 12-year monopoly. Thanks to them, the name Kalsindur has spread across the country and abroad. The once neglected village on the border of the Garo Hills is now electrified and its roads are paved due to the fame of the girls. The stories of these girls have also made it to the textbooks of Class XI of the higher secondary level. There is a special lesson in the textbook "The Unbeaten Girls." Biographies of Sanjida, Maria, Tahura, Shamsunnahar, Sheuli, Najma Akhtar, and Marzia are recorded here. Ans the villagers, who once could not think of letting girls play football, is now ready to welcome their heroes back with smiles, cheers and flowers. Kalsindur School and College Assistant Professor Nazmul Haque said a joint meeting of local administration, public representatives and Kalsindur School and College authorities will be held Thursday at noon to welcome the women footballers. Bangladesh thrashed hosts Nepal 3-1 to win the SAFF Women's Championship title at Kathmandu's Dasharath Rangasala Stadium. During the historic final, Bangladesh got off to a great start when Kalsindur's Shamsunnahar Jr put her team in the lead in the 13th minute. The unbeaten team arrived at Dhaka Airport around 2pm Wednesday. Also read: Naniarchar ready to embrace its daughters Rupna, Ritu Porna after brilliance in SAFF Women's tournament
When the flight from Kathmandu landed in Dhaka, Bangladesh football team captain Sabina Khatun, who was on board, had no idea what was waiting for her and her team outside the airport. Sabina knew her team had the capabilities to lift the title and win the crown of football excellence in South Asia. Still, she had no idea what the capital city had planned for her. When they completed immigration process and came out to the media corner, Sabina came to know there were hundreds of media personnel waiting with cameras to snap their photos, and there were thousands of fans waiting with flowers to greet them for their victorious journey that ended with the ultimate prize. Read: “Our SAFF achievement is understandable if you look at our journey” Along with fans, band parties were also waiting for them with the cadence of patriotic songs. They were ready with flutes, drums and other musical instruments on the trucks decorated with photos of Sabina and her team. A press conference was scheduled at the airport. But that failed to materialise due to the overcrowded presence of media personnel. The airport authority failed to manage the crowd. There were hundreds of police personnel to handle the situation, but they failed. There were hundreds of Ansar members too. They too failed to contain the passionate fans. Being unable to host the press conference there, the authority was forced to call it off. It took them around an hour to disperse the crowd and restore order. Read: SAFF Champion Tigresses return home
Bangladesh national women's football team, which emerged as winner in the seven-nation SAFF Women’s Football Championship with all-win record, was accorded a fitting reception as they returned home from Nepal this afternoon. Bangladesh clinched the first-ever SAFF Women's crown in their 2nd attempt after 2006, beating four times runners up and hosts Nepal by 3-1 in the final at Dashrath Stadium (Rangasala) in Kathmandu Monday evening. State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel received the team at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at about 1:50 pm. Read: “Our SAFF achievement is understandable if you look at our journey” The players and officials were welcomed at the airport with garlands and then they cut a cake. Thousands of football-crazy fans thronged Dhaka airport to welcome the women footballers for their glorious achievement. Bangladesh captain Sabina Khatun, midfielder Sanjida Akter spoke to the press in a short briefing at the airport.
The entire nation was anticipating the arrival of its national heroes after they won the SAFF Women's Championship on Monday evening. An open-top bus was prepared to greet them. The tigresses finally touched down at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 1:50 pm today. The SAFF Championship-winning women footballers were greeted with flowers by Zahid Hasan Russell, State Minister for Youth and Sports, and other dignitaries. The scheduled program underwent some adjustments. The press conference was called off due to a huge crowd and chaos. However, Sabina Khatun, captain of the Bangladesh women's football team, talked to the media when they exited Dhaka airport’s VIP lounge. Sabina praised Bangladesh Football Federation for supporting them and expressed gratitude for how the entire nation backed women's football. Read: SAFF Champion Tigresses return home "Thank you very much, everyone. We are very grateful for being received so warmly. I am very grateful to the state minister and all the officials of the Football Federation. We are ecstatic that you love football so much. Thank you all. Please pray for us. And this trophy belongs to the 16 crore …18 crore people of Bangladesh.” When asked, "What is your next target?”, Sabina said, “Since we made this achievement in South Asia, now we will have to figure out how to move forward.”
Naniarchar ready to embrace its daughters Rupna, Ritu Porna after brilliance in SAFF Women's tournament
Residents of Naniarchar upazila in Rangamati are overwhelmed with joy as two girls from the sub-district were crucial parts of the Bangladesh women's football team — the current seven-nation SAFF Women's champions. The best goalkeeper of the tournament Rupna Chakma, who demonstrated her brilliance under the bar, and defender Ritu Porna Chakma are now the pride of Naniarchar. Rupna and Ritu Porna’s families and neighbours are eagerly waiting to receive them with love for their historic triumph in the tournament. Fans and journalists are thronging their homes to congratulate the families. Following their success, Rangamati Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohammad Mizanur Rahman visited Rupana and Ritu Porna’s houses this noon with sweets, fruits and flowers. Read: SAFF Women's Champs: Girls bring glory to Bangladesh The DC also handed over a check of Tk 1.50 lakh each to their families as financial assistance. DC Mizanur said Rupna and Ritu Porna have made Bangladesh proud through their extraordinary skills in the SAFF tournament and specifically the final. He called for regular practice of sports in every locality, to uphold the reputation of the players of hill tracts. During his visit at Rupna’s dilapidated home, the DC also instructed Naniarchar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), Bajlur Rahman, to do everything necessary for building a new house for her and improve the road leading to her house.
The South Asian Football Federation Women's Championship (6th edition) tournament 2022 will end with a match between Bangladesh and Nepal. The Dasharath Rangasala Stadium in Kathmandu will host the SAFF Women's Championship 2022 final, Bangladesh v Nepal, on September 19 (Monday). Both teams have been in fantastic shape, winning games by large margins since the start of the competition. Therefore, no team will start the final as the favourite. Let's look at how Nepal and Bangladesh progressed to the championship game. SAFF Women’s Championship 2022: Group Phase Points Standings Two teams had advanced to the semifinals from each group in the 2022 South Asian Football Federation Women's championship. Bangladesh and India had both qualified for the last four from Group A. Nepal and Bhutan, on the other hand, finished first and second in Group B, respectively, to qualify for the semifinals. Both Bangladesh and Nepal are the two unbeaten sides in the ongoing competition. Therefore, the runner-up team will concede their first defeat in the 2022 SAFF Women’s Championship final. SAFF Women’s Championship 2022 – Group A Points Table Team Match Win Loss Draw Points Bangladesh 3 3 0 0 9 India 3 2 1 0 6 Pakistan 3 1 2 0 3 Maldives 3 0 3 0 0 Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_SAFF_Women%27s_Championship Read SAFF Women's Champs: Bangladesh storm into final crushing Bhutan 8-0 in first semifinal SAFF Women’s Championship 2022 – Group B Points Table Team Match Win Loss Draw Points Nepal 2 2 0 0 6 Bhutan 2 1 1 0 3 Sri Lanka 2 0 2 0 0 Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_SAFF_Women%27s_Championship Bangladesh’s Road to the SAFF Women’s Championship 2022 Final Bangladesh started the 2022 SAFF Women’s Championship campaign as one of the favourites to play in the final. But the way the Bangladesh women’s team has dominated the competition is truly remarkable. In particular, Bangladesh’s dominating 3-0 triumph over a strong Indian side was an indication that they are a team to beat. They eventually finished the group stage by finishing first with three wins. But, their 8-0 thumping over Bhutan in the semifinal was the second biggest margin of victory in the ongoing competition. Bangladesh’s match results in the 2022 SAFF Women’s Championship, so far; Date: 07/09/2022 | Opposition: Maldives | Result: Bangladesh won by a score of 3-0 Date: 10/09/2022 | Opposition: Pakistan | Result: Bangladesh won by a score of 6-0 Date: 13/09/2022 | Opposition: India | Result: Bangladesh won by a score of 3-0 Date: 16/09/2022 | Opposition: Bhutan | Result: Bangladesh won by a score of 8-0. Read Hail the heroines: Girls show the way Nepal’s Road to the 2022 SAFF Women’s Championship Final The host Nepal started the SAFF Women’s Championship 2022 campaign as one of the hot favourites to win the trophy. Expectedly, the Nepal women’s team has shown their true prowess in the competition by registering dominating wins over Bhutan and Sri Lanka respectively in the group phase. Nepal had to fight hard in the semifinal match against India. They eventually held on to their first-half goal by Rashmi Kumari Ghising. With that hard-fought victory, Nepal secured a place in the final. Nepal’s match results in SAFF Women’s Championship 2022, so far; Date: 06/09/2022 | Opposition: Bhutan | Result: Nepal beat Bhutan 4-0 Date: 12/09/2022 | Opposition: Sri Lanka | Result: Nepal beat Sri Lanka 6-0 Date: 16/09/2022 | Opposition: India | Result: Nepal beat India 1-0 Read Will be “honoured” to play for Bangladesh football team: Hamza Choudhury Key Players for the Final and Predicted playing XI Both teams have possessed some difference-makers who have performed exceedingly well in the ongoing event. Let’s have a look at the players who could be important in the SAFF Women’s Championship 2022 final. Bangladesh The most important player for Bangladesh in this tournament is captain Sabina Khatun. She has been in fine form in the competition and leads the team’s forward lineup. Sabina has found the net eight times, including two hat-tricks. The 28-year-old forward is currently the highest goalscorer in the tournament. Besides, Mosammat Sirat Jahan Shopna is also doing well as she has scored four times in this competition. The Bangladesh women’s team’s defense has been very strong as they have yet to concede a goal in the competition. Goalkeeper Rupa Chakma will face some tough tests along with the four players in the backline. The Bangladesh team’s backline needs to show their good discipline and consistency in the final match as well. Probable Playing XI (Bangladesh) Rupna Chakma, Sheuli Azim, Shamsunnahar Sr, Akhi Khatun, Masura Parvin, Monika Chakma, Sanjida Akhter, Maria Manda, Krishna Rani Sarkar, Sirat Jahan Shopna, Sabina Khatun. Read Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund 2022: Match preview, probable lineups, prediction Nepal The host Nepal’s main strength is that their midfielders and forwards are all well capable of putting the ball back into the net. Therefore, no particular player has scored tons of goals. In contrast, all have contributed in the case of scoring goals in the opposition net. So far, Sabitra Bhandari, Amisha Karki, and Rashmi Kumari Ghising have all scored two goals each for the Nepal side so far. Like Bangladesh, Nepal's side is yet to concede a goal in this event. So, they also have shown good defensive solidarity. However, Bangladesh's forwards have been in tremendous form, and the host’s biggest challenge will be to restrict Sabina Khatun and Sirat Jahan Shopna in front of their defense. They need to tighten their defense so that neither of the players finds a space to score. Goalkeeper Anjila Subba and the defenders need to be alerted all the time to not give the Bangladesh strikers any scope to score. Probable Playing XI (Nepal) Anjila Subba, Punam Magar, Amrita Jaishi, Sara Limbu, Dipa Shahi, Hira Bhujel, Anita KC, Gita Rana, Amisha Karkil, Rashmi Ghising, Anita Basnet. Read SAFF Women's Champs: Bangladesh earns first-ever win against India Where to Watch SAFF Women's Championship 2022 Final: Bangladesh vs Nepal The Bangladesh vs Nepal SAFF Women's Championship 2022 final is unlikely to be shown on television. However, interested fans can watch the final match between Bangladesh Women and Nepal Women through Elevensports.com. The live-action will begin at 5.15 p.m. (Bangladesh Standard Time) on September 19. Bottom Line India participated in and won each of the first five South Asian Football Federation Women's Championship finals. But the Indian women's side failed to reach the final in the 2022 edition after losing to host Nepal by 1-0 in the semifinal match. Nepal will play their fifth final on Monday (September 19) but have lost on every occasion against the Indian side. The only other team who has featured in the final is Bangladesh in 2016. So, this will be Bangladesh’s second championship match. The Bangladesh vs Nepal SAFF Women's Championship 2022 final is predicted to be a hotly contested match since both teams are in excellent shape. Read AFC U-20 Cup: Bangladesh to play Qatar Friday
Bangladesh will play Bhutan in the first semifinal of the 7-nation 6th SAFF Women's Championship' 2022 on Friday (Sept 16) at 1:15 pm (Bangladesh time) at the Dasharath Stadium (Rangasala) in the Nepalses capital Kathmandu.Hosts Nepal will face five-time champions India in the day's other semi-final at 5:45 pm (Bangladesh time) at the same venue.The final match will be held on September 19. Earlier, Bangladesh women's football team emerged Group A champions to reach the semifinal of the ongoing regional women's soccer meet with all-win record by achieving their first-ever victory against Indian National Women's team with a huge margin of 3-0 goal. Siraj Jahan Swapna struck twice, one in each half while Krishna Rani Sarkar netted the other goal for Bangladesh in the last group match against India last Tuesday.This was the first victory for red and green girls against five-time champions and holders India in eleven meetings. Read: SAFF Women's Champs: Bangladesh earns first-ever win against India In the previous ten meetings, India beat Bangladesh on nine occasions and the remaining match ended in a goalless draw in the Indian town of Silligurii in 2016.Meanwhile, Bangladesh women's team made their practices Thursday afternoon from 1:10 pm to 2:10 pm at the Kathmandu Armed Police ground after making activation, techtical training, pool and ice bath session at the team hotel in the morning.