Bangladesh drawn with UAE, Kyrgyz

Bangladesh U18 confident before Nepal faceoff
Bangladesh U18 confident before Nepal faceoff

Hosts Bangladesh were placed in Group-B along with the United Arab Emirates and Kyrgyzstan to play the inaugural edition of the six-nation Bangamata Under-19 Women’s International Gold Cup football, scheduled from April 22 to May 3 in Dhaka.
The draw ceremony of the tournament with its slogan ‘No Barriers to Go Ahead’ was held at a city hotel in the capital on Tuesday with Mongolia, Laos, and Tajikistan featuring in Group A.
The invitational, age-level tournament is an initiative of the Bangladesh Football Federation, which is willing to promote women football after the recent success of Bangladeshi girls in international competitions.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s industry adviser Salman F Rahman thanked BFF for the initiative and said it would also encourage the women empowerment in Bangladesh.
‘Male footballers are doing well, but women footballers are doing better,’ said Salman while addressing the draw and logo unveiling ceremony as the chief guest.
Jean-Jacques Simon, the communication, advocacy and partnership
chief of the UNICEF, the development partner of Bangladesh women football, also welcomed the initiative.
’UNICEF believes that the children and adolescent should play more sports and football can empower children, and women in particular,’ he said.
BFF president Kazi Salahuddin claimed he was on the right track with women’s football.
‘We do organise Bangabandhu Gold Cup every year and now added the Bangamata [Under-19 Women’s International] Gold Cup. I think I am on the right track. Women’s footballers are also on the right track.’