B’desh women face Myanmar today


Bangladesh women’s national football team takes the 2020 Olympic Qualifiers Round-1 as a learning curve as they begin their campaign against hosts Myanmar in Yangon today.
The match will kick-off at 5:30pm Bangladesh standard time at the Thuwunna Stadium after Nepal and India play the first match of four-team Group C at the same venue.
With the match, Bangladesh will compete at international level for the first time since February 2017 when they took part in a three-nation tournament involving Singapore and Malaysia.
Bangladesh had lost both the games in the tournament.
Bangladesh took part Women’s Olympic Qualifiers in 2011 but skipped the next edition due to shortage of players.
However, this time they rebuilt the squad with some young girls who were playing in different age-group tournaments at regional and continental level with success.
Bangladesh, a FIFA rank-outsider, will play their first match against Myanmar at any level with this match.
In terms of strength, all other teams in the group are believed to be stronger than Bangladesh.
Myanmar, India and Nepal are currently ranked 44th, 59th and 108th in the current FIFA rankings respectively.
‘We came here to learn more and lot from this tournament,’ Bangladesh coach Golam Rabbani Chotan was quoted as saying in Bangladesh Football Federation press release on Wednesday.
‘We have prepared well for the last one year and will try our best to earn a good result and play good football in the tournament.
‘All the teams are strong in this group. Our players are all young so it will be a great opportunity for them to learn more.’
Bangladesh captain Sabina Khatun echoed her coach.
‘Myanmar are a strong team but we will be trying to play our best by giving hundred per cent because we are going to play against them for the first time at any level, ‘said Sabina.