Some of Bangladesh’s most memorable achievements in women’s football in the last few years have been limited to age-group competitions and currently all the female booters at the national camp are aged below 19 except captain Sabina Khatun
The Bangladesh Football Federation has withdrawn the national women’s team from participating in December’s South Asian Games in Nepal citing not having enough players and preparation to compete at the senior level.
Since the introduction of women’s football in the region’s biggest multi-sports extravaganza during the 2010 SA Games in Dhaka, Bangladesh bagged bronze medal in each of the two editions, including the 2016 SA Games in Shillong with India and Nepal winning gold and silver on both the occasions.
Some of Bangladesh’s most memorable achievements in women’s football in the last few years have been limited to age-group competitions and currently all the female booters at the national camp are aged below 19 except captain Sabina Khatun.
These young girls represented the senior side in the Saff Women’s Championship in March this year but ended up losing to two finalists – India and Nepal –4-0 and 3-0 respectively.
@FIFAcom president Gianni Infantino, during his short visit to Bangladesh Thursday, said Bangladesh has the chance to reach the top stage of women’s football and the scope of playing an important role in this aspecthttps://t.co/nZL6Tg8bqk#GIANNI #INFANTINO #GIANNIINFANTINO #BFF— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) October 17, 2019
The BFF doesn’t want the repetition in the SA Games as the current players are too young to compete against the senior side of India and host Nepal.
“We had seven senior players during the last SA Games but only Sabina, Mainu (Marma) and Mirona [Khatun] started regularly. Now we have only Sabina while the rest are aged between 16 and 19. Besides, the national team don’t have enough preparation,” said women’s team head coach Golam Rabbani Choton to Dhaka Tribune Tuesday.
BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag said, “Let the girls become more mature to compete in the senior level. The results are not good when the young players play against senior players and sometimes it leave negative effects on the players. So we decided not to send our women’s team to SA Games.”
Meanwhile, Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka and Maldives 2-1 and 2-0 respectively but lost to Nepal and India 3-0 and 5-1 accordingly to finish third in the 2016 SA Games.