SAFFU18WC: Bangladesh crowned as champions

Champions Bangladesh Under-18 women.

Bangladesh Under-18 women engraved their name as champions of the first ever SAFF Under-18 Women’s Championship winning the final against Nepal 1-0 on Sunday, 7 October 2018 at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan.

After the under-15 side returned home with sheer disappointment in August this year, girls from Bangladesh this time completed the under-18 mission with complete success.

Bangladesh women in today’s final put pressure on Nepal from the beginning and at the same time cautiously maintained their defense. Nepal were the first to take shot on the target as quick as 3rd minute of the match that Bangladesh goalkeeper Rupna Chakma comfortably saved.

Nepal again struck after four minutes but this time Bangladesh promptly initiated a counter attack that flew slightly over the cross bar.

The second half was kicked off with attacks where Bangladesh saw the light first.

Masura Parvin, shirt number 5, broke the shackle in the 49th minute by a timely header on a free kick that was taken from the mid-field.

With 0-1 on the scoreboard , the Himalayan kept pushing to come back. In the next forty minutes, their organized mid field passed the ball to their central attacks on several occasions but failed to penetrate Bangladesh strong defense.

India finished the six- nation tournament on third position beating hosts Bhutan 1-0 in the playoff match on the same day.

The ten-day regional championship was kicked off on 28 October2018 in Bhutan.