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SAFF U-15 Girl's Championship

Junior Tigresses facing Dragon girls in semis like last year

Published : Thursday, 16 August, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 286
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The Shamsunnahar-Tahura-Sajeda battalion doing exercise in a Thimphu gymnasium in Bhutan on Wednesday before their semi-final match against host Bhutan.	photo: BFF

The Shamsunnahar-Tahura-Sajeda battalion doing exercise in a Thimphu gymnasium in Bhutan on Wednesday before their semi-final match against host Bhutan. photo: BFF

Bangladesh under-15 girls' national team, the junior Tigresses are going to face Bhutan junior, the Dragon Girls, in the semi-final today (Thursday) at 4.00pm just like they did the last year. Last year on December 19, the junior Tigress moved to the final of the first edition of the SAFF Under-15 Girls' Championship beating the Bhutan juniors by 3-0 margin at the Bir Shrestha Shaheed Sepoy Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur, Dhaka.

So the Bangladeshi fans might be expecting a repetition of the last year semi-final. The word Bhutan translates into English as the 'Land of Thunder Dragon' due to the fierce storms that often roll in from the Himalayas. But, on the day, the girls of Thunder Dragon couldn't cast any sort of thunder against the deadly Bengal Tigresses. Instead, they played noticeably defensive which was a 'negative' tendency according to Bangladesh head coach Golam Rabbani Choton.
However, it seems that the junior Dragon Girls had moved on from that condition and had taken enough preparation for the event. Before securing the last four, the host had beaten the Lankans by 6-0 big margin and only lost to holding runners-up India by 1-0 margin.

Yet there is no official ranking for the junior teams, the senior women team of Bangladesh is ranked 112th while the Bhutan team is 134th. In the last year semis, Bengal defender Akhi Khatun scored a brace while substitute striker Sajeda Khatun netted a single goal. If the defending champions Bangladesh girls can win the match they will move to the final to face the winners of the second semi-final match to be played between Group-B runners-up Nepal and Group-A champions India today (Thursday) at 7.00pm at the same venue.



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