Bangamata U19 Women's Int'l Gold Cup
Tigresses want to make initial event memorable
Rain may cause problem
There is only one day remaining before the inaugural event of the Bangamata Under-19 Women's International Gold Cup kicks off and coaches and booters of the home side expressed their hope to make the inaugural event memorable by winning the trophy.
The six-nation event is to be held from 22nd April to 3rd May in Dhaka.
Bangladesh women's proud coach Golam Robbani Choton said, "The women played a few international events in recent times. The second stage of the AFC Under-16 Girls' event was held in Myanmar from 27th February to 3rd March and SAFF Women's Championship was held in Nepal from 12th to 22nd March. The women didn't have time to take rest. They began training shortly. We have worked on the speedy movement, finishing touches, assisting scorers, set piece and other issues."
"Since the women were in practice for a long time, they have improved in many sectors including technical and tactical sides. We have experimented different player formations in the meantime."
"... It will be the initial event of the women's international event named after Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib and we want to make the event memorable for all by doing well. Our target is to do well match by match and play the final.
"The advantage our opponents will enjoy is physical superiority over us. But, our booters are not so bad. Our advantage is our players' speedy movement and stamina to play full-time. Besides, the advantage of the home venue will also be on our side," said experience coach Choton.
However, the coach agreed that rain may cause trouble for the women who are mostly experienced of playing and exercising on turf and they didn't have to use muddy ground that much. So, playing on a muddy ground would be problematic for them. Still, coach had a feeling that all the other rivals might equally suffer too if it rains.
Ahead of the event, the participating teams are arriving in Dhaka one after another. The women of Mongolia, United Arab Emirates and Laos reached Dhaka on Saturday. The Tajik were the first to reach the city on Friday. The Kyrgyzstan women are likely to arrive today morning (Sunday).
In the event, host Bangladesh who is 127th in FIFA women's raking is pit in Group-B along with 98th ranked United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 156th placer Kyrgyzstan while 118th Mongolia, 126th Tajikistan and 156th placer Laos are in Group-A.
The group round of the event will roll on 22nd April while the two semi-finals will be played on 29th and 30th April. The final match is scheduled to be played on 3rd May. All the matches will be played at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
The women in red and greens will engage with the rivals of United Arab Emirates in their first match on Monday at 6.00pm and will play the second match against Kyrgyzstan on Friday at 6.00pm.