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Bangladesh Women’s Futsal team left the capital for Thailand on Monday to participate for the first time in the AFC Women’s Futsal Championship to be held in Thai capital Bangkok from May 2 through 12 only to gain experiences from the continental meet.
Experienced women’s booter Sabina Khatun is leading the Bangladesh team, comprises 14 players and six officials, in their first ever five-a-side international football, reports UNB.
Fifteen Asian teams, split into four groups, will compete in the five-a-side women’s football tournament. The group champions and runners-up team will play in the quarterfinals.
Bangladesh, which was put in Group B of the tournament along with Malaysia, Vietnam and Chinese Taipei, will play Malaysia in one of the five opening day matches at 6 pm local time at Bangkok Arena in Bangkok on May 2.
In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play Vietnam on May 3 at the same venue and face Chinese Taipei on May 6 at the Hua Mak Indoor Stadium, also in Bangkok.
Bangladesh women’s team will make their debut in the five-a-side Futsal tournament to gain experience in this format of football. Among the 14-member Bangladesh team, only captain Sabina Khatun has experience of playing the futsal in the Maldives domestic circuit in 2015 and 2016.
Addressing a press conference at the BFF House on Sunday, Bangladesh captain Sabina Khatun said, “No one of our players has any experience of playing the Futsal being member of the national team although I myself played the game for a domestic club in the Maldives in 2015 and 2016. This time we’re going to Thailand to gather experiences in this format of the game.”
Bangladesh coach Golam Rabbani Chotan said, “We have no definite target…. we want to get experience and exposures from the tournament. Among our opponents, Vietnam are the five-time runners-up in the South East Asian Games.”
Bangladesh Women’s Futsal team: Officials: Head of the Delegation- M Enamul Haque, Team Manager- Amirul Islam Babu, Technical & Strategic Director- Paul Thomas Smalley, Head Coach- Golam Rabbani Choton, Assistant coach-Mahmuda Akter and Media Manager-Ahsan Ahmed Amith.
Players- Rupna Chakma, Ruksana Begum, Sabina Khatun (captain), Krishna Rani Sarkar, Sirat Jahan Shopna, Masura Parvin, Akhi Khatun, Sanjida Akhter, Sheuli Azim. Anai Mogini, Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Shamsun Nahar and Marzia.