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Sabina given hero's welcome on return to Satkhira

Thousands flooded the streets as the Bangladesh national women’s football team leader later toured her hometown

Update : 23 Sep 2022, 10:29 PM

Skipper Sabina Khatun, who led the Bangladesh national women’s football team to its maiden Saff Women’s Football Championship triumph, was given a hero's welcome on return to her hometown, Satkhira, on Friday.

Sabina was welcomed by Satkhira District Sport Association office-bearers around 10.30am at the Circuit House, where hundreds of people had gathered to get a glimpse of her.

Thousands of people flooded the streets as she later toured Satkhira city on an open mini-truck decorated with flags, banners and flowers. 

Later she went to her house in the city's Sabujbagh area.

Overjoyed by the grand reception, Sabina told reporters that she was overwhelmed.

“I have been struggling in the field for the past 12 years and now I feel that I have achieved my goal. After winning the hearts of the 160 million people of Bangladesh, I do not want to stop," she said.

Sabina said that she urged the district authorities to build a stadium in Satkhira, where all modern amenities will be available for female players.

Mir Tajul Islam Ripon, joint general secretary of Satkhira District Sports Association, said preparations are now underway to giving another grand reception to both Sabina and Masura Parveen, another player of the winning team.

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