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Bangladesh Women’s Squad for Asian Games Revealed

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Bangladesh Women’s Squad for Asian Games Revealed

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The Bangladesh Football Federation made an exciting announcement on Tuesday, revealing the 22-member Bangladesh women’s squad that will be representing the country in the highly anticipated 19th Asian Games. This selection comes after the team recently engaged in two thrilling FIFA friendly matches against Nepal on home soil. However, two players, Shohagi Kisku and Aklima Khatun, did not make the final cut for the squad.

Scheduled to commence on September 23, the Asian Games promise to be a spectacular event, showcasing the talents of athletes from across the continent. It is worth noting that the football event is likely to begin prior to the grand opening ceremony, adding an extra layer of excitement for fans and participants alike.

One standout inclusion in the squad is forward Shamsunnahar Junior, who played a pivotal role in securing victory during the 2022 SAFF Women’s Championship final, scoring the opening goal against Nepal. However, she was unfortunately absent from the recent matches against Nepal due to illness. With her return, the team gains a valuable asset, as Shamsunnahar Junior brings her exceptional skills and experience to bolster the squad’s chances of success.

Matsushima Sumaya, a forward of Japanese and Bangladeshi heritage, has also secured a spot in the national team’s squad for the upcoming women’s football event in the Games. This will be the first time Bangladesh is represented in this tournament.


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Match Highlights

At just 22 years old, Sumaya becomes the first female footballer of Bangladeshi descent, living overseas, to debut for the national team. She achieved this milestone during Bangladesh’s first match against Nepal in a two-match FIFA friendly series held at home.

Coach Mahabubur Rahman Litu expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance in the friendly matches against Nepal but acknowledged the areas that need improvement. After a long gap between matches, the team has now entered a recovery period, allowing them to recuperate and recharge. The players will soon embark on a focused training program in preparation for the upcoming Asian Games.

Reflecting on the recent friendly matches, Litu highlighted the importance of identifying weaknesses and using them as learning opportunities. The coaching staff will dedicate their efforts to address these areas during training sessions. In fact, they have strategically planned to organize a friendly match against Vietnam in the forthcoming October window. This additional match will serve as an invaluable chance for the team to refine their tactics, strengthen their teamwork, and fine-tune their strategies as they prepare for their inaugural appearance in the Asian Games.

Bangladesh Squad:

In goal, the team will have the services of Rupna Chakma, Sathi Bishwas, and Swarna Rani Mandol. Their presence will provide a solid foundation, instilling confidence in the defensive line and the entire squad.

The defenders selected for the squad include Nilufa Yeasmin Nila, Sheuli Azim, Anai Mogini, Shamsunnahar Sr, Masura Parveen, Afeida Khandokar, and Surma Jannat. This group of skilled defenders will be responsible for thwarting opposing attacks and ensuring the opposition finds it challenging to breach their defensive line.

Moving into the midfield, the team boasts a talented group of players, including Ritu Porno Chakma, Shamsunnar Jr, Swapna Rani, Monica Chakma, and Maria Manda. Their collective skills in controlling the midfield, creating opportunities, and dictating the pace of the game will be crucial to Bangladesh’s success.

Finally, the forward line comprises Sabina Khatun, Sanjida Akter, Krishna Rani Sarkar, Tahura Khatun, Shahida Akter Ripa, Sumaya Matsushima, and Marzia. This group of dynamic forwards will be relied upon to produce goals and put pressure on the opposing defenses throughout the tournament.


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