Bangladesh U-15 women's team clinched the Jockey CGI Youth Football Tournament 2018 after beating host Hong Kong 6-0 in their final round robin league match Sunday.
This is the fifth title won by the Bangladesh girls.
The Bangladesh girls sealed their first ever title at the 2015 AFC Cup U-14 Zonal Championship in Nepal and claimed their second at the same tournament two years ago in Tajikistan.
In the same year, the girls in red and green claimed the honour of being the AFC U-16 Championship group champion at home while their last title came at the Saff U-15 Championship in December last year at home.
Earlier, the girls in red and green began the tournament with a thumping 10-1 win over Malaysia at the same venue Friday before handing Iran an 8-1 thrashing Saturday.
Prolific attacker Tahura Khatun finished the tournament on a high note, scoring a brilliant hat-trick, while Sajeda Khatun, Shamsunnahar and Anuching Mogini netted one each against the home side.
Tahura ended the four-nation tournament as the highest scorer (eight goals) after bagging a treble against Iran and a brace against Malaysia.
Bangladesh scored a total of 24 goals in three matches, conceding only twice. Shamsunnahar was also among Bangladesh's regular scorers with six strikes while Anai Mogini bagged four goals. Sajeda and Anuching have two goals to their name while Shamsunnahar Jr and Nilufar Yeasmin Nila have scored one each.
The Bengal girls started the unofficial final strongly as Tahura broke the deadlock in the sixth minute. Sajeda made it 2-0 in the 39th minute before diminutive attacker Tahura grabbed her second just a minute later.
Player of the tournament Shamsunnahar scored her side's fourth goal in the 67th minute following which Anuching made it 5-0 in the 72nd minute. Tahura completed her hat-trick in the 74th minute.
Following the title win, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Abdul Hamid congratulated the Bangladesh girls on their success.
In the other match of the day, Iran and Malaysia played out a 1-1 draw.
WHAT THEY SAID
Golam Rabbani Choton, coach
I am very pleased with our overall performance in this tournament. We sacrificed a lot, and dedicate this championship trophy to all the martyrs and freedom fighters of the liberation war of Bangladesh.
Amirul Islam, manager
Our team play was brilliant in this tournament. We will try to continue the run of results in future. Our girls played fantastically well due to hard work and practice. Our fitness was also good because of the coaches’ training.
Maria Manda, captain
I am very happy as this is the first time we clinched an international trophy. Thanks to all our supporters for praying for us.
Tahura Khatun, forward
I am very, very happy for achieving the title and becoming the highest-scorer in this tournament. I am also happy for scoring three goals [Sunday]. I kept my word. We all gave our full effort in this match against Hong Kong and clinched the championship title for our Bangladesh. Thanks to Almighty Allah.
I am very happy to become the most valuable player in this tournament. I am also delighted to become champion in this tournament.
Hong Kong U15 0 6 Bangladesh U15
(Tahura 6, 40, 74, Sajeda 39, Shamsunnahar 67, Anuching 72)
Bangladesh U15 8
(Tahura 1, 13, 29, Anai 32, 77, Shamsunnahar 45+1, 63, 67) 1 Iran U15
10 (Sajeda 13, Tahura 18, 20, Shamsunnahar 21, 56, Anai 24, 68, Shamsunnahar Jr 37, Anuching 46, Nila 70 – P) 1 Malaysia U15
Bangladesh U-15 squad
Mahmuda Akter and Rupna Chakma
Akhi Khatun, Nifuar Yeasmin Nila, Anai Mogini, Nazma, Dipa Khatun, Rumi Akter and Runa Akter
Maria Manda (C), Monika Chakma, Laboni Akter, Tahura Khatun, Munni Akter, Shamsunnahar Jr and Shohagi Kisku
Rituporna Chakma, Sajeda Khatun, Anuching Mogini and Shamsunnahar
Golam Rabbani Choton
Mahmuda Akter and Mahbubur Rahman Litu
Technical and strategic director:
Paul Thomas Smalley
Sajeda Khatun and Anuching Mogini
Shamsunnahar Jr and Nilufar Yeasmin Nila
M W D L GD Pts
3 3 0 0 22 9
3 1 1 1 -6 4
3 1 0 2 -6 3
3 0 1 2 -10 1