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Bangladesh women footballers fly off to Singapore Wednesday

  • Published at 11:00 pm February 14th, 2017
  • Last updated at 08:41 pm February 15th, 2017
Bangladesh women footballers fly off to Singapore Wednesday
The team, mostly comprising players from the Bangladesh U-16 squad, will play at least two matches there. They will face host Singapore in the opening game before locking horns with Malaysia in the second game this Friday. Head coach Golam Rabbani Choton, who lost her mother last Monday, said the main target of the tour is to gain experience, boost the confidence of the girls and get to know the strengths of the other teams. For Singapore, the tournament is part of their preparation ahead of the Women's Asia Cup Qualifiers while for Bangladesh, it is pretty much a warm-up event before the AFC U-16 Women's Championship in Thailand. A press conference regarding the Singapore tour was scheduled to be held at BFF House Tuesday afternoon. A group of sports journalists boycotted women's wing committee chairman Mahfuza Akter Kiron and didn't attend the press conference because of her presence. Journalists informed the BFF officials that they would cover the press conference only in the absence of Kiron but the federation denied. Kiron earlier last Sunday during a press conference blamed “negative reports” from the media for the lack of sponsors of the Bangladesh women's side. She mentioned that the local media criticised the BFF a great deal after the men's national team's devastating exit from the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers. The men in red and green suffered a humiliating defeat against Bhutan in the play-off last year. As a result, Kiron said, they were unable to attract sponsors for the women's national side.