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Bangladesh women face Myanmar in Olympic qualifiers opener Thursday

Almost all the players in the Bangladesh squad are aged below 18 including the likes of youngsters Maria Manda, Akhi Khatun, Krishna Rani Sarkar, Sirat Jahan Shopna and Mishrat Jahan Moushumi

Update : 07 Nov 2018, 09:15 PM

A youth dominated Bangladesh Olympic women’s team is going to face a tough challenge in their opening game of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Asian qualifiers as they kick off the first round of Group C against an unfamiliar and more experienced Myanmar side at Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar on Thursday at 5:30 pm BST.

Bangladesh women’s team is participating in the Olympics qualifiers after seven years and the senior side will also be back to international football after around 20 months when they take on the hosts. Head coach Golam Rabbani Choton looks towards the competition to learn and gain experience for his young team.

“We all know Myanmar are a very strong team. As they have experienced players, we will try to mark man-to-man and block their moves while playing our own game when we have the possession. We are prepared to play a competitive game. The most important thing is that our girls are learning and they will turn into a fully mature national side in the future.” said Choton.

Almost all the players in the Bangladesh squad are aged below 18 including the likes of youngsters Maria Manda, Akhi Khatun, Krishna Rani Sarkar, Sirat Jahan Shopna and Mishrat Jahan Moushumi. The only senior booter in the squad, captain Sabina Khatun said, “It will be the first time we play against Myanmar. They are a strong team but we are prepared too. We will give our best to put up good display.”

Myanmar head coach Win Thu Moe said, “We are the favorites in this group and we are in a good position in the FIFA rankings. We play some friendly matches against China and Japan to prepare. We will try to win all the matches to qualify for the next round. Bangladesh is now a well organized team but they have less experience than us.”

Only one top team from each group and two best runners-ups from four groups will qualify for the second round of qualifiers. Bangladesh will face India and Nepal in their last two matches on November 11 and 13 respectively at the same venue.


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