Sports, Football

U-16 women’s team leave for Nepal with high hopes

Published : 27 Feb 2024 08:47 PM

Inspired by their predecessors, the winners of the SAFF Women’s Football Championship, Bangladesh Under-16 Women National football team is going to Nepal with a high hope to win the title of the SAFF U-16 title. 

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Women’s National football team won the SAFF Women’s Championship in Nepal in 2022 and the Under-17 national team won the SAF Under-17 championship recently held in Dhaka.   

However, the four national age group women’s competition is scheduled to take place in Kathmandu from March 1 when Bangladesh team scheduled to leave Dhaka for Kathmandu today morning.

In the four-nation tournament India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the hosts Nepal are taking part in round robin league basis when the top two teams will move into the final. 

Regarding the team’s participation and the target with the tournament, head coach of the team Saiful Bari Titu and the team’s captain Orpita Biswas put cross their expectations with the tournament.

Titu has been looking after all the national women’s football teams for about two years, since the resignation of long server coach Golam Rabbani Choton, when talking to the reporters in a press meet on Tuesday, Titu said that they wanted to make a winning start and their ultimate target to play the final. 

“We need a winning start, so we will have to win the first match and I think to play in the final depends on the first match result,” Titu said.

Replying to a query Titu said, “Teams like Under-16 level have rare opportunity to reside altogether for a long time. But we have a month-long camp with the girls, came from different places. We have six players from BKP, seven from the BFF camp and 10 players from different districts and academy teams.” “During the camp for last one month, they have good combinations. We have also played practice matches with the senior sides. So I think there will be no problem with the team combination,” said Titu, former national star.

Titu also informed that they have four to five experienced players who played international level -   “In fact some of the players, who played in the Under-15 national side were included in this squad.”

“No injury problem, hope we will be able to play the final,” Titu expressed his optimistic. 

Team’s captain Orpita Biswaas, who also expressed her high hopes in the press meet, told that they wanted to return with wining the trophy – “I hope that we will return home with winning the championship. We have the ability and our preparations also good.”