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Mirona becomes first female coach of men’s team in Bangladesh

  • Published at 02:53 pm February 12th, 2019
Mirona Khatun

Dhaka City FC officially signed a deal with Mirona Khatun on December 24 last year

A momentous event unfolded in the Bangladesh football scenery as Mirona Khatun, a former national women’s team player, became the first woman to lead a men’s football team, reports BFF.

The Bangladesh Navy athlete was appointed coach of Dhaka City Football Club as the previously appointed regular coach, SM Abu Noman Nannu did not have the prerequisite AFC “B” grade coaching license required in Bangladesh Championship League laws.

Mirona achieved her B license under the AFC Coaching Courses programme initiated by the BFF. 

BFF president Kazi Salahuddin took the initiative to support coaches, in particular female coaches, who face numerous hurdles otherwise. 

Her achievement was borne out of the BFF’s strategic football plan.

The club seized the opportunity to create history in Bangladesh football by appointing her the head coach, thus taking a momentous step forward in the country’s football arena. 

Dhaka FC officially signed a deal with her on December 24 last year.

In a short interview, the newly-elected coach showed her ecstasy and enthusiasm along with her determination to be the best coach she can be. 

“When Shaon sir first told me that I was to be the head coach of the club after just getting my coaching license, I was really happy,” was the enthusiastic reply of Mirona when asked about her initial feeling on being appointed as a coach. 

She expressed gratitude to the people who have helped her come such a long way in a short time. 

She was the perfect picture of determination and professionalism, saying even though there will be challenges along the way, she believes that with the help of the people and the players of her team, she can easily overcome any hurdle that comes her way. 

She mentions the positivity surrounding her in the team saying, “The staff and my team fully accept me as a coach and they have been nothing but helpful and positive in supporting me.” 

She says she deems herself as a coach first in her professional life, and thinks that she can be just as effective as anyone else as a coach. 

She says along with her coaching staff, she has a plan to make the team perform as best as possible in the professional level and expressed hope with the future of the side.