Bangladesh captain cum most experienced footballer Sabina Khatun named as the best player and highest scorer of the seven-nation 6th SAFF Women's Championship concluded on Monday (Sept 19) at the Dasharath Stadium (Rangasala) in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu. Bangladesh emerged as new champions with an all-win record in the regional women's soccer meet breaking the last 12 years domination of neighboring India, crushing hosts Nepal by 3-1 goals in the keenly contested final Monday evening. Read: PM congratulates new SAFF champions: Bangladesh women's teamThis was the first defeat for Nepal against Bangladesh in their 4th meeting in the SAFF Women;s championship. Sabina Khatun led the Bangladesh team from the front scoring eight goals in five matches featuring two hattricks against Pakistan in group match and against Bhutan in the semifinal to win both the prestigious awards of best player and highest scorer. Bangladesh custodian Rupna Chakma, who displayed her brilliance under the bar, was adjudged the best goalkeeper of the tournament.Bangladesh team, which clinched their dream SAFF Women's trophy in their 2nd attempt after 2016, was also adjudged the most disciplined team to receive the fair play trophy of the tournament. Read: SAFF Women's Champs: Girls bring glory to BangladeshThe Tigress smartly celebrated their first ever SAFF women's trophy with all -win record scoring 23 goals in five matches, conceding only one goal against Nepal in the day's final. Bangladesh, the finalist of 2016, smartly reached the final of the SAFF Women's Championship for the 2nd times with all-win record crushing Bhutan by 8-0 goals in the first semifinal last Friday while four times finalists Nepal booked a seat for the final eliminating the five times champions India in the 2nd semifinal on the same day.Earlier, Bangladesh qualified for the semifinal as the Group A champions with an all-win run securing full nine points from straight three matches beating the Maldives by 3-0 goals in the first match and outplaying Pakistan by 6-0 goals in the 2nd match, apart from their historic and first ever 3-0 victory against India.
A brilliant hat-trick by captain Sabina Khatun helped the touring Bangladesh national women's football team earn a 5-0 victory over Hong Kong in a friendly match at the JAR Academy Training Ground in the Uzbek capital Tashkent Sunday. With the day's well-deserved victory over higher-ranked Hong Kong, Bangladesh found some relief after their frustrating performance in the just-concluded Group G matches of the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 qualifiers against Jordan and Iran in Tashkent last week. The national women's football team suffered a 0-5 defeat against both Jordan and Iran in Tashkent. Read: Women's Football: Brahmanbaria beat Mymensingh 3-1 to reach semifinal In Sunday's match against Hong Kong, Tohura Khatun opened the score for Bangladesh in the18th minute. Sabina Khatun made a hat-trick, scoring the remaining four goals in the 43rd, 53rd, 57th and 85th minutes. Earlier, the women's team played two FIFA Tier-1 international friendlies against Nepal in Kathmandu recently as a part of their preparations for this month's AFC Women's Asian Cup qualifiers. Bangladesh conceded a 1-2 defeat against the hosts in the first match and played out to a goalless draw in the second one. Read: Women's Football: Bashundhara Kings clinch league crown The matches were the first international fixtures for the national women's team in more than two and a half years after playing the semifinal of the SAFF Championship against India in March 2019.
Captains of Bangladesh national men's and women's football teams Jamal Bhuiyan and Sabina Khatun have been named as the ambassadors for the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) grassroot football concept.
Bangladesh national women's football team captain Sabina Khatun and three others were injured in an attack on her house on Sunday evening at Sabujbagh of Satkhira sadar upazila.