A total of eight clubs will participate in the league
Bashundhara Kings, the only top-flight club, signed as many as 19 players from the Bangladesh Football Federation women’s football camp to finalize their squad during the transfer deadline day of the much-awaited Women’s Football League, scheduled to begin in the first week of February.
A total eight clubs will participate in the league.
National players such as skipper Sabina Khatun, Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Akhi Khatun, Sanjida Akter and Tahura Khatun arrived at BFF House in Dhaka riding on horse carts, surrounded by band parties and supporters, to complete their registration procedures for the Kings.
“The women brought more success in football in recent times, so the women’s football league is very important. Women’s football will get a platform to do better in international arena,” said Bashundhara President Imrul Hasan yesterday, adding that their target is to become champion and participate in AFC tournaments.
No other top-flight club are participating in the women’s league, which was last held in 2013 eith Abahani Limited and Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited finished champion and runners-up respectively.
Lt Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club Limited were the champions in 2012.
Imrul added: “We will ask to hold the women’s league regularly and make it compulsory for the premier league clubs to bring more competitiveness.”
No preparation and below-average squad for other clubs
The other clubs formed below-average squads with local players. Sylhet outfit Spartan MK Galactico confirmed their participation at the last minute, to make it an eight-club competition.
No clubs have started training camps yet. Some are yet to get a coach and failed to fill the 23-member squad, while some national players did not get any clubs as the clubs did not have sufficient funds.
Only Nasrin Sporting Club and Football Club Uttar Bango managed to sign two players each from the BFF camp and Comilla United got only one, while the rest of the clubs collected players from different districts who played in Bangamata Primary School Football tournament and Japan Football Association Cup.
Uttar Bango appointed Milon Khan as coach and made Israt Jahan Ratna captain, while collecting players from Rangpur, Nilfamari and Thakurgaon.
Players from Indian Women’s League are interested to play in Bangladesh if the country’s women’s football league rolls on the pitch this year, Sabina Khatun told Dhaka Tribune after returning home from a successful maiden IWL campaign this month.https://t.co/tk4npSdpfA#SABINA— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) April 18, 2018
Uttara-based Anowara could not register all 23 player, but 15 came from Natore, Rajshahi, Narail and Pabna.
Jatrabari-based Nasrin Academy are the only club who previously participated in the women’s league, while the rest are new. They too, along with Comilla United, Kacharipara from Jamalpur and Begum Anowara, do not have their full team together yet.
Meanwhile, all the matches will be held at Kamalapur Stadium in the capital, but the fixtures have not been revealed yet.
The club representatives informed that they would start planning their preparations and camps once the fixtures are announced.
Bashundhara Kings, Anowara Sporting, Uttar Bango, Kacharipara Akadash, Comilla United, Nasrin Sporting, Shopnochura and Akelpur and Spartan MK Gallactico Sylhet