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The unstoppable twins

  • Published at 12:58 am September 2nd, 2016
The unstoppable twins
Both are in the 23-member Bangladesh U16 national team squad. None of the 13-year old sisters are first-choice options for Bangladesh head coach Golam Rabbani Choton but circumstances created an opportunity for them to start together for the first time against Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday in the AFC U16 Women's Championship qualifiers. Anuching earned her place with her performance in the second match against Singapore where she came off the bench to net a quick brace in the last eight minutes of the game. When she replaced first-choice striker Sirat Jahan Shopna in  the next match against Kyrgyzstan, the 13-year-old made an immediate impact scoring twice again. Four goals in two matches made her the second top scorer among her teammates. Anai is the versatile defender who the head coach can rely on playing in any position in the back-four and in the absence of center-back Masura Parvin, who was rested ahead of the vital tie against Chinese Taipei as she already has a yellow card, allowed Anai to start the game. The Khagrachari twins were a regular member of the AFC Under-14 Girls Regional (South and Central) Championship in Tajikistan this year where Anuching scored five goals. Anai also got one in the score-sheet. As Choton hinted, the twins will surely be the future of Bangladesh women's football. Choton compared Anuching's ability with one of country's greatest striker in 1980's and 90s, Sheikh Mohammad Aslam. “There is a similarity between Aslam bhai and Anuching. When the ball is in the air and in a suitable position it is difficult to stop Anuching. She doesn't miss it. The ability to volley or side-volley is excellent. She never rests on pitch, always keeps running,” said Choton to Dhaka Tribune yesterday. Although Anuching and Anai are from Khagrachari they represented Rangamati and Narayanganj in national level as their home district was not taking part in the competition. Both has been under the guidance of Choton in the last two years. When he scouted Anai she was a stopper but later he found out Anai's other ability to take the role in any full-back position. “Anai is very cool headed and a very confident player. Her behavior is very calm and talks as less as possible. Very positive. She doesn't misplaces pass, and is good on one-on-one. Nothing scares her. She can put ball on attacking zone and also very good in crossing,” said Choton.