Bangladesh Football Federation on Wednesday announced a 23-member Bangladesh Under-14 Girls' Football Contingent for the South and Central Zone event of the AFC Under-14 Girls' Regional Championship-2016 in Tajikistan's capital city Dushanbe.
The regional age-based women football event of the Asian Football Confederation is scheduled to be held from April 26 to May 1.
Bangladesh contingent consisted of 18 booters and five officials. Eight booters among them had played last year when Bangladesh became the champions of the regional event. So that would be a plus point for the team.
The eight players of the champion team are custodian Taslima, Mahmuda Akhter, defender Shamsunnahar, Nazma, midfielder Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Tohura Khatun and striker Marzia.
Besides, three national booters, Marzia, Maria and Shamsunnahar are also in the team.
Coach Golam Rabbani Choton said that this team had been formed with a combination of experienced and fresh players.
The coach revealed that there was a defender Sadia Akter in the team who was in the team of 2013 event.
The new players were chosen from booter-hunt programme taken place throughout the country.
At the first place, 60 players were selected from different districts and 5 were chosen from the recently finished Bangamata Gold Cup Primary School Football-2016. Then, the team was curtailed in a smaller form in time to time and it became an 18-booter unit last day.
Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, deputy chairperson of BFF Women Football Wing, said that the girls had only one month practice for the event.
Bangladesh was placed in Group-B along with India and defending runner-up Nepal while Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Bhutan and Islamic Republic of Iran were placed in the Group-A.
Bengal girls will meet India in their opener on April 26 at 4:00pm (local time) at the Aviator Stadium in Dushanbe. They will fly to Tajikistan on April 22.