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Bangladesh bag maiden SAFF U-15 title

Updated:2017-12-25 11:54:47   theindependentbd.com

Bangladesh team poses for a photograph after clinching the maiden SAFF Under-15 Women’s Football title beating India 1-0 in the final at Kamalapur Stadium in the capital yesterday. BFF Photo 

Shamsunnahar struck in the late hour of the first half as Bangladesh team clinched the maiden title of the SAFF Under-15 Women’s Football Championship outplaying India by a solitary goal in the final yesterday at

Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Bangladesh won the trophy as the favourites but had to struggle much to beat India, who looked a bit fully different side, as last time these two teams met, back in the second match of league phase, the hosts had the clear superiority and imposed a 3-0 defeat on India.

 According to Bangladesh team’s performance in the first phase, it was predicted that they would grab the victory with a clear margin and also demonstrated better show but it was not at all one-way traffic as it was usual scene in the previous three matches.  

The handful fans at the Birshreshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium celebrated the win, applauded  their players, marking the victory overpowering the biggest rivals.               

However, Bangladesh girls according to their characteristics were onset with attacking attitude right from the kick-off and squeezed their Indian counterparts to forced remain in the receiving side while from the beginning of the match a huge banner of Red-Green were furled at the all stands  encouraging the hosts girls.

It had started with the ball in Bangladesh girls’ possession when Anuching ’s goal was disallowed for foul in the very second minute and three minutes later her header  went off over the cross piece and another good run from Monika Chakma  towards the post with the open space  but for the linesman’s flag raised to rule out the goal for offside.

After two minutes, a golden opportunity came to Bangladesh way when a through pass from Tohura in the open space at the Indian area, Anuching Marma edged past defenders and entered the box but failed to beat a helpless goalkeeper alone as she shot the ball straight to keeper grip.

On 32nd minute Touhura turned near the area stepping away her markers and shot into the far post but it was narrowly missed.

Finally, Bangladesh girls found the coveted goal when Indian defenders could not clear a combined attacks and Shamsunnahar found the space opened up in front of her with a volley being surrounded by crowded Indian defence  (1-0).

Bangladesh could double the advantage on 61st minute when it was a beautiful move down the right after a super exchanging Touhara heading out of her path to goal and also dribbled past the goalkeeper but could not keep up her pace with the ball.

The last chance came to Bangladesh girls on 85th minute and this time Shamsunnahar could not connect a Mari cross being very closer of the post.

Eventually Bangladesh had to remain satisfy with the solitary goal win despite creating several good chances.

Finance Minister Abul Mal Abdul Muhith distributed prizes among the winners as chief guest. Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy, president of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) and BFF president Kazi Mohammed Salahuddin, SAFF general secretary Anwaru Haque Helal and the senior vice-president of the BFF were also present in the prose giving ceremony. 

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