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Young girl booters of Bangladesh

Of feats of Bengal tigresses!

Published : Saturday, 29 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 427
Mahtab Uddin

When the constant failures of the men booters disappointed the fans badly, the young girl booters are making the local fans dream big, whether it is a South Asian event or an Asian event. With their arty football skills, eye-catching dribbling, timely deliveries, headers and long crosses, the girls won the heart of the football devotees.
In the last few years, the senior and junior girls in red and green jerseys got many achievements in different levels and arenas. The seniors who are ranked 112th in FIFA ranking succeeded to play the semi-finals of the SAFF Women's Championship in 2010 and they became runners-up of the 2016 event.
On the other hand, the juniors are doing even better. The under-16 girls surprised all in the group stage of the under-16 qualifiers of Asian Football Federation (AFC) in October, 2014 by playing exceptionally well against strong teams like Islamic Republic of Iran, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Jordan and India.
Yet they failed to move to the next stage that time, the girls only after two years became unbeaten champions of the group in the qualifiers of AFC u-16 Girls' Championship 2017 in Dhaka and went to play the next stage in Thailand. Playing a total of five matches in the Dhaka event, the girls netted a total of 26 goals. The girls once again became unbeaten group champions in the lately finished qualifiers of the same event in Dhaka. This time they faced Vietnam, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and beat the rivals by big margins.
Now, the u-18 booters are now in Bhutan to take part in the SAFF Under-18 Girls' Championship. The girls are hopeful to continue their successes in the event too.
For their tremendous achievements, the fans are calling them the Bengal Tigresses.
The present women football team is actually an age level team and most of the girls are aged under-16. The history of women football in the country is not so long. Late Sirajul Islam Bacchu, former general secretary of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) and South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) took an initiative to hunt the young girl booter about 18 years ago and, with the help of famous women sports organiser Kamrunnahar Dana, he succeeded to form a women football team. Bacchu also put emphasis on long-term training and residential camp at the time.
Later, BFF begin the long term residential camp at the BFF House in Motijheel in 2015 and the under head coach Golam Rabbani Choton, the girls got prepared for their next missions.


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