At least the women footballers did not lose against Nepal this time. Bangladesh drew 0-0 with Nepal in the last warm-up match at Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu today. In the first match on September 9, Bangladesh lost 2-1. Hosts Nepal have won the two-match series.
Bangladesh has previously beaten Nepal in various age-based football tournaments in South Asia. But the girls of Bangladesh never won against the Nepal national team. Before the start of the match, the footballers were talking about the dream of victory. But where was that performance at Dasharath Stadium?
Bangladesh played two matches against Nepal in preparation for the Asian Cup qualifiers. At the end of this preparation series, Bangladesh team will leave Nepal for Uzbekistan on September 14. There, they will play the first match of the Asian Cup qualifiers on September 19 against Jordan. The opponent of Bangladesh’s last match on September 22 is Iran. Coach Golam Rabbani’s real aim was to see the mistakes of the footballers rather than winning or losing in these matches in Nepal.
In the domestic football league, most of the players of the Bangladesh team have played for the champion Bashundhara Kings. It cannot be said that winning the league in a one-sided fight has helped the girls a lot. The performance of Sabina-Krishnas on the international stage showed the true condition of the footballers of Bangladesh. Krishna has won the highest goal scorer award by scoring 26 goals in the latest girls league. But that Krishna is eager to get a goal on the field today.
Sabina Khatun, one of the best strikers in the country, remained her shadow throughout the match. In the last match, he has tried to enter the box with the ball twice. But today he could not do that. Krishna and Sirat Jahan have shown a glimpse from time to time.
Coach Golam Rabbani did not field Misrat Jahan who was in the XI in the previous match. However, midfielder Rituparna Chakma, who was dropped in the last match, has played from the beginning. But Bangladesh did not see any good move or good pass from Rituparna. Anjana Rana Magar has been seen today instead of Usha Nath, the main goalkeeper of the Nepal team. The girls of Bangladesh could not put Anjana to the test too much.
Nepal was ahead in possession of the ball in the whole match. Nepal took 4 shots in the post, Bangladesh took only two!
Bangladesh got a great opportunity in 5 minutes of the match. Krishna Rani Sarkar evaded Nepal’s goalkeeper Anjana and went ahead with the ball. But without scoring a goal, Sirat gave the ball to Jahan. By then, however, it was too late. Two defenders from Nepal came and cleared the ball. Then in the 31st minute another shot of Krishna hit the crossbar.
In the first half, Nepal’s two forwards Bimala Chowdhury and Saru Limbu spread panic in the Bangladesh box. But defenders Masura Parveen and Nilufar Neela have handled the danger very well. Playing offensive football in the first half, the Bangladesh team changed its strategy in the second half. The girls of Bangladesh attacked only after managing the defense.
Golam Rabbani fielded Tahura Khatun, the only goal scorer of Bangladesh in the previous match, at the very last minute of the match. However, Tahura did not get a chance to score any goal today instead of Krishna.