A brace from forward Tahura Khatun steered Bangladesh women's football team to a convincing 3-0 win over Singapore in the first of the two FIFA friendly matches at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Friday.
Defender Afeida Khandokar gave Bangladesh the lead in the third minute of the match with a close-range header before Tahura found the net twice on either side of the break to wrap up the win.
It is Bangladesh’s first win since they clinched their maiden SAFF Women's Championship title in September last year. After that win, they've played six international matches, a period which saw the departure of former head coach Golam Rabbani Choton.
Bangladesh had a chance to take the lead in the first minute of the match, but Tahura missed the scoring opportunity. The women in red and green however took the lead in the 3rd minute when defender Afeida Khandakar sent the ball home with a brilliant header which found the net after hitting the crossbar, before skipper Sabina Khatun did the spade work giving a small cross to Afeida from the close range.
Coach Saiful Bari Titu's girls did not take long to double the lead. In the 16th minute, Maria Manda, after running down from the mid field, provided a pass to Tahura Khatun who sent the ball home with a perfect finish.
Bangladesh got another chance in the 26th minute but captain Sabina Khatun's shot from the vantage position sailed harmlessly over the crossbar.
After the half time resumption, Tahura completed the tally scoring her second and third goal for Bangladesh in the 60th minute with a perfect placing shot
capitalizing on a long pass from Mashura.
Singapore are twelve steps ahead than Bangladesh in ranking, but in the day's match they were found off- coloured in field performance. Bangladesh were clearly ahead in ball possession and attack.
The second and final match of the series will be held on Monday at the same venue at 3 pm.