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BD team geared for AFC U-16 Champs


Dhaka- Bangladesh Under-16 Women’s Football Team will leave here for Bangkok on Friday morning to compete in the eight-team final round of the AFC U-16 Championship 2017 beginning in Chonburi Stadium in Thailand on Sunday, with a hope to display a good performance.Bangladesh women’s team have been placed in Group B of the prestigious Asian junior women’s meet along with holders North Korea, Japan and Australia while the Group A comprises hosts Thailand, China, Korean Republic and Laos.Bangladesh will start their campaign in the heavyweight Asian meet taking on defending champions Korea on Monday (September 11) at the Chonburi Stadium at 5pm local time.In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play Japan on September 14 at IPE Stadium in Chonburi while meet Australia on September 17 in the last group match at the same venue.Addressing a pre-tour press conference at the Bangladesh Football Federation office on Thursday, Bangladesh captain Krishna Rani Sarker said, “We aren’t afraid. We’ve to fight with what we have and we’re determined to show a good performance.”The skipper and coach Golam Rabbani Choton vowed to present a competitive Bangladesh against the top ranked teams of the world.Choton said the girls have worked hard to close the gap with the powerhouses. “They can run 2700-3100 metres in 90 minutes which is the highest standard fitness level. We’ve worked hard technically, tactically and psychologically to give our best on the field,” said Choton.”Although we couldn’t pose any threat to others, the scenario has changed. Now, I can confidently say our girls have the power to match the powerhouses’ fighting spirit. Australia, Japan and Korea are top ranked teams, but Bangladesh will not be a team that would be swept away,” said Choton.Krishna Rani said she has all the belief in her team. “We have won the qualifiers when nobody expected that. We’ll be now playing against the superpowers but we aren’t afraid. We’ve overcome the fear and we’ll try our best to put a good show,” she said.Mahfuza Akter Kiron, chairman of BFF’s women’s wing, said the team will be under the BFF’s supervision for future tournaments.Additional director of Walton FM Iqbal Bin Anwar, team leader Amirul Islam Babu, manager Zakir Hossain Chowdhury and BFF general secretary Abu Naeem Shohag were also present on the occasion.Among the Bangladesh opponents, North Korea and Japan are playing in the final round of the AFC U-16 Championship as the champions and runners-up of the last meet held in 2015 while Australia booked a seat after playing the qualifying round.Bangladesh women’s team, which qualified for the final round of the Asian meet for the first time as the unbeaten champions of Group C eliminating Iran, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan, Chinese Taipei and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have been groomed and nursed for a record timing of one year, spending more than Tk 3 crore.On the way to clinching the Group C title, Bangladesh women’s beat IR Iran 3-0, Singapore 5-0, Kyrgyzstan 10-0, Chinese Taipei 4-2 and the UAE by 4-0 goals in Dhaka last year.As a part of their year long preparations, Bangladesh U-16 Women’s team toured four Asian soccer giants’ countries on five occasions to play preparatory matches there –twice in Japan and once each in Singapore, South Korea and China.UNB news agency


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