Monday, December 21, 2015, Poush 7, 1422 BS, Rabiul Awal 8, 1437 Hijri

AFC Under-14 Girls' Regional Championship
Bengal Tigress clinch first title
Sports Reporter
Published :Monday, 21 December, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 16
With a 16-minute goal of Marzia, Bangladesh National Under-14 Girls' Football Team overpowered holders and home favourites Nepal by 1-0 margin in the final on Sunday and achieved their first ever title of the AFC Under-14 Girls' Regional Championship for the 'south and central zone' at the Army Ground, Kathmandu in Nepal.
The elated skipper Krishna Rani Sarkar of Bangladesh said after securing the title, "We are very, very happy and proud to bring the title home.
After receiving the winner's medal from Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, Krishna said that she and her mates worked so hard for such a victory.
Bangladesh head coach Golam Rabbani Choton was very confident of winning the match and said earlier in the pre-match briefing on Saturday that his girls were in Nepal to win the title.
After the final on Sunday, Marzia was adjudged as the fourth highest scorer of the tournament with five goals. Fatemeh Ghasemi of Islamic republic Iran is the top scorer with ten goals, Rekha Poudel name the second highest scorer with seven goals and Golnoosh Khosravi is the third highest scorer with six goals.
Before the final, the Bengal girls beaten powerful opponent IR Iran in the semi-final by 2-0 margin while Nepal came to play the final after a 1-0 win over India in the other semi-final.
On the way to the title clash, Bangladesh had experienced a 1-1 draw with India and crushed Bhutan girls by 16-0 margin.
Earlier the final match was scheduled to be played on April 25 and the upbeat girls were eager to taste their first title.
However, in the same day, a massive magnitude 8.1 earthquake hit the 'Daughter of Himalayan' which severely damaged different sites of the country and left behind almost 8,900 people dead. That way, the final match along with the third place decider between India and Iran was also abandoned.
Apart from Bangladesh and host Nepal, a total of seven teams including India, Bhutan, Maldives, Iran and Sri Lanka participated in the championship.

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