Dhaka – Bangladesh U-15 women’s Football team made a good start of the four-nation SAFF U−15 Women’s Championship’2019 beating hosts Bhutan U-15 Women’s side by 2-0 goals in their first match at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu on Wednesday.
Forwards Shaheda Akhter Ripa and Rozina Akhter netted one goal each for Bangladesh
Shaheda Akhter Ripa opened account for Bangladesh in the 22nd minute by a long-range right-footer outside from the box, off a pass of defender Rehena Akhter (1-0).
Bangladesh continued their pressure on Bhutanese defense and scored their 2nd success in the 31st minute as Rozina Akhter found the net by her low-range left-footed shot from danger zone (2-0).
Despite producing some good chances, both teams remained goalless in the 2nd half.
Earlier, in the day’s opening match, India crushed Nepal by 4-1 goals at the same venue.
Lynda KomSerto netted two goals, Sumati Kumari and Priyanka Sujeesh Pottekkat scored one goal each for India while Man Maya Damai scored the consolation goal for Nepal.
Bangladesh, the champions of inaugural meet in 2017, will play Nepal on Friday (Oct 11) at 3 pm and face holders India on Sunday (Oct 13) at 3 pm local time in their remaining league matches.
The top two teams of the four–team fray will play in the final on October 15 at 6 pm at the same venue.
Bangladesh: Rupna Chakma, Nasrin Akhter, Unnoti Khan, Rehena Akhter (Joynob Bibi Rita-72nd), Afedia Khandokar, Surma Jannat, Shamsunnahar, Shohagi Kisku, Rozina Akhter, Shaheda Akhter Ripa (Sapna Rani-84th), Nowson Jahan (Mahfuza Khatun-60th).
Bhutan: NorbuZangmo, Sunita Subba, Tshering Choden (Yoezer Lhamo-35th), Tashi Wangmo, Tshering Yangchen, Choney Wangmo, Jimee Zangmo, DekiLhazom, Pema Kuenzang Choki, Sangay Wangmo, Tshering Yangden (Yesi Choden-78th). UNB