Sports, Football

SAFF football is a big challenge


Published : 28 Jun 2022 08:07 PM

Bangladesh women’s national team, who had a mingled experiences in their FIFA friendly matches against Malaysia last week, will start their preparation for the upcoming SAFF women football championship.

SAFF Women’s football championship scheduled to take place in Nepal from August 12 to 22, 2022 when Bangladesh team will start their training camp from July 12.   

Bangladesh women team won their first match by 6-0 and drew the second match by 0-0, the huge difference in two matches in their FIFA friendly against Malaysia was a bit concerned ahead of the SAFF Championship.

But the coach Golam Rabbi Choton thinks that there is nothing to be upset and will not any impact for SAFF football, as he said the Bangladesh Post on Tuesday it can be happened in two different matches against same opponents.

Choton said, “It can be happened, because, a team can’t perform equally every day, every match is a fresh match but I would say, our girls demonstrated better performances than Malaysia in the second match also. SAFF football will be fully a different and a big challenge against different opponents to Malaysia and I don’t think there will be any impact of these matches in the SAFF.”

“They were fully on attacking approach, as they were in the first match but could not finish the opportunities came to their ways. In the first match they utilised most of the scoring chances and we had the big win. It was a bad day for us.”

“Actually, another thing is remarkable that in the second match the Malaysian women were in very much negative approach. In the modern football you will see very rare such a negative game. They waste time, just hashed up our players’ rhythm, otherwise I think they played well with full 90 minutes domination,” said Choton.

“There is nothing to be worried with the result of second match (0-0), we have one and a half month for the SAFF championship, by this time girls will join in the training camp.”

The players are on 10 days leave to recover mentally and physically and the camp will start for SAFF from July 12, Choton informed.

“Girsl had hard training for last few months for the FIFA friendlies, they need recovery both mentally and physically, so they are on 10 days leave to have few times with their family and will join in the camp from July 12.”   

Choton, about the opponents of SAFF Championship said, “We never take any opponents lightly, we always think opponents are strong, but India is the strongest team in our region, they are very tough team. Nepal are also strong sides, we suffered defeat to them last September by 1-2 and drew one match 0-0.” 

“However, by this time hopefully we will have enough preparation for the SAFF Championship,” Choton informed.