Friday, April 19

Bangladesh crowned champions of SAFF Women’s Championship

By a Staff Reporter

Kathmandu – Bangladesh defeated hosts Nepal 3-1 to bag their first-ever SAFF Women’s Championship. Krishna Rani Sarkar and Shamsunnahar scored as Bangladesh won historic title beating Nepal in their home soil.

Shamsunnahar, who was subbed in the 10th minute, opened the scoring in the 13th minute. Shamsunnahar netted the ball home with her first touch off Monika Chakma’s cross.

Bangladesh doubled its lead in the 41st minute. Krishna scored in a one vs one situation against Nepalese goalkeeper Anjila Tumbapo Subba. Anita Basnet finished off Amisha Karki’s pass to open up the game in the 70th minute.

But, Krishna scored her second in the 77th minute to put Bangladesh two ahead. Capitalizing on the mistake of Nepali midfielders, Krishna scored in a counterattack to silence 15,000 spectators.  

With this win, Bangladesh won their first ever SAFF Women’s Championship in second attempt. Record 5 times champions India failed to play the finals for the first time. They went down to Nepal in the semifinals.

Bangladesh dominate Individual Award

Champion Bangladesh dominated individual award. Skipper Sabina Khatun adjudged Most Valuable Player of the tournament. She also took away Top scorer of the tournament with 8 goals. Custodian Rupna Chakma was adjudged the best goalkeeper. Bangladesh also got Fair Play Trophy.

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