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More competitiveness pledged as women’s league concludes

  • Published at 08:48 pm December 13th, 2020
Bashundhara Kings players and officials celebrate with the Women's Football League trophy in Dhaka Sunday BFF

None of the remaining five teams managed to score more than Kings captain and top-scorer Sabina (35 goals)

BFF president Kazi Salahuddin, organizers and players of champion Bashundhara Kings expect more competitiveness and balance among the clubs in the next edition as the Tricotex Women’s Football League 2019-20 season concluded Sunday.

Nasrin Sports Academy outplayed Kumilla United 9-0 in the last match to finish as runners-up. 

They finished six points behind Bashundhara who won all 12 matches scoring 119 goals and conceding only three.

None of the remaining five teams managed to score more than Kings captain and top-scorer Sabina Khatun (35 goals), while her teammate Tohura Khatun was adjudged the most valuable player of the competition.  

Sabina said after her side were handed the trophy yesterday, “When the big clubs participate, it increases contest. The clubs can then recruit players equally. It will also be challenging for us to play against good opponents.”

“If the big clubs had joined the league the games would have been better to watch. There are many players we have not known before. It will be good for us if there is a pool system because all superstars are in the same team,” said Tohura, who scored 16 goals.

Salahuddin is however, not in favor of pool system personally. 

After congratulating the champion and other participants, he said, “I don’t agree this [pool system] in principle because it doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. I will sit with the women’s league committee to discuss how to solve this amid the current circumstances.”

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But the BFF boss also hoped, “Hopefully, more corporate houses and clubs come forward so that the women’s league would be more competitive and bigger in the next two-three years.”

Majority of the national team players were signed by the Kings. 

Women’s wing committee chairman Mahfuza Akter Kiron also favors pool system to allocate the top players into different clubs.

She told the reporters, “We are considering pool system, then there will be balanced teams and the games will be more competitive. I believe it will happen in 2021.

“Standards of other clubs are below than Bashundhara because of financial condition. Next year, I will try to make it professional. I already talked to three-four corporate houses. They will form teams. We will also talk to clubs like Abahani (Limited), Mohammedan (Sporting Club Limited.”

Kiron, also Asian Football Confederation councilor, continued, “If we don’t hold professional league they can’t participate in AFC competitions. Club licensing will be mandatory from next league. Then standard teams will come and the league would be more competitive.”

It was the first women’s football league in seven years where all seven participating clubs made their debut. 

The previous two editions took place in 2011 and 2013.

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