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Women hockey players need more matches, training

  • Published at 06:58 pm November 10th, 2018
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Action from the third game between Dhaka XI and Kolkata Warriors in Dhaka Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Shishir Hoque

In a bid to form Bangladesh’s first national women’s hockey team this millennium, the first invitational women’s hockey tournament against a foreign team was organised where the home side won the series after winning the first two matches 3-0 and 2-0 respectively

Bangladesh women’s hockey team need more match experience and training opportunities to improve, admitted the captain and the manager of Dhaka XI women’s hockey side after conceding a narrow 1-0 defeat against Kolkata Warriors in the last game of the three-match friendly series at Maulana Bhasani National Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.

In a bid to form Bangladesh’s first national women’s hockey team this millennium, the first invitational women’s hockey tournament against a foreign team was organised where the home side won the series after winning the first two matches 3-0 and 2-0 respectively.

Dhaka Xl, formed mostly with U-18 players being groomed for the future national team, dominated and created more chances but lacked the final touch up front as they wasted five penalty corners throughout the game. Shama Bano netted the only goal for the visitor in the 22nd minute.

“We have not learned yet how to take penalty corners properly. We have been only training together since October 27 this year. We have to work and train more to get better and ready for the national team,” said skipper Ritu Khanom after the game.

Team manager Mohammad Tarikuzzaman Nannu said, “We have to work in every sector in women’s hockey because we didn’t get enough time. May be they are now up for age-group level, but not ready for national team. It’s a continuous process.”