Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB)- Captain of the Bangladesh national women’s football team Sabina Khatun became first Bangladesh woman footballer to be named as Youth Ambassador of Suchana Program in Bangladesh for one year.
The 25-year-old Bangladeshi forward will work for the Suchana Program, now running in 157 unions of 20 upazilas of Sylhet and Moulvi Bazar districts of the country under financial supports of DFID and European Union to promote nutrition and health care of children under 2 years of age.
Sabina inked a one-year contract with Suchana Program at a signing ceremony at BFF house in Motijheel on Sunday.
Chairman of the women’s wing of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Mahfuza Akhter Kiron, BFF General Secretary Md Abu Nayeem Shohag, Chief of Party of Suchana Program Dr Sheikh Shahed Rahman, Program Director Arif Ahmed and Senior Manager of Communication Sheikh Ali Haider Azam were present on the occasion.
In her immediate reaction, Sabina said “Thanks to Suchana Program authority and Save the Children- Bangladesh for giving me this opportunity. It will be a great pleasure and experience for me. I hope it will inspire my next generation of footballers.”
Chief of Party of Suchana Program Dr Sheikh Shahed Rahman said, “Our organization is working for the rights of children and women. Sabina can play a vital role here. Her stories of overcoming social barriers and becoming a national footballer will inspire the women.”
Program Director Arif Ahmed said, “Sabina will act as a role model of our program. Her presence as Youth Ambassador in our different social programs will inspire other girls and will help flourish the latent talents from the grassroots level.”
Sabina Khatun is considered the best women footballer of Bangladesh and started her international career as a professional footballer from 2009.
She played for Sethu FC in Indian women’s league in 2018 and Maldives National Defense Force team in Maldivian futsal tournament in 2015.
Sabina is awarded with Anannya Top Ten Awards in 2016, a prize for women in Bangladesh who contributed in agriculture, industries, trade, economics, acting, music, sports, education, liberation war, social welfare and development-work-law, human rights, entrepreneur, politics and journalism.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB)- Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will disclose their plans on Monday for the joint qualification (round 1) for the FIFA World Cup 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023.
The federation will inform about the campaign after the National Teams Committee meeting at Gemcon Tower in Dhanmondi-27, said a BFF official on Sunday.
Bangladesh have been placed in Asian (AFC) Group E alongwith Qatar, Oman, neighbouring India and Afghanistan.
The team will start their home and away basis campaign on September 10 taking on Afghanistan at Dushanbe in Tajikistan.
In their next matches, Bangladesh will play Qatar on October 10 in Bangladesh, India on October 15 in India, Oman on November 14 in Oman, Afghanistan on 26 March, 2020 in Bangladesh, Qatar on March 31 in Qatar, India on June 4 in Bangladesh and Oman on June 9 in Bangladesh.
Earlier, BFF announced a 25-member preliminary team of Bangladesh national football for the campaign on August 16.
The 25-member Bangladesh Team: Ashraful Islam Rana, Md Sahidul Alam, Anisur Rahman, Md Tutul Hosain Badsha, Sushanto Tripura, Md Rahmat Mia, S M Monjurur Rahman, Md Yeasin Khan, Bishwanath Ghosh, Riyadul Hasan, Nuruln Naium Faisal, Yeasin Arafat, Masuk Miah Zoni, Jamal Bhuyan, Md Mamunul Islam Mamun, Sohel Rana, Mohammad Rabiul Hasan, Biplo Ahamed, Mohammad Arifur Rahman, Mohammad Ibrahim, Mohammad Nabib Newaz Ziban, Mahbubur Rahman, Md Matin Miah, Md Saad Uddin, Md Jewl Rana.
Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB)- Defending Champions Bangladesh Under-15 national football team are confident of retaining the title of SAFF Under-15 Championship, scheduled to be held on August 21-31 at the Kalyani Stadium in West Bengal of India.
This year, five South Asian countries- Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and hosts India will participate in the group stage on round robin league basis.
Bangladesh will start their campaign by facing Bhutan in the opening match on August 23 while they play against Sri Lanka on August 25, Nepal on August 27 and hosts India on August 29.
Top two teams will reach the final which is scheduled to be held on August 31 at the same venue.
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) announced a 30-member squad including 23 booters and 7 officials for the competition on Sunday at BFF house in Motijheel here.
BFF General Secretary Md Abu Nayeem Shohag, Head Coach of U-15 boys’ team Robert Martin Ryles, Team Manager Md Mohsin, Deputy Team Leader Amit Khan Shuvra, Goal Keeper Coach Jahan E Alam Nury and Key player Md Rakibul Islam were present on the occasion.
Head Coach of U-15 boys’ team Robert Martin Ryles said, “We worked hard in the last ten weeks while the players have given everything in three sessions a day.”
BFF selected 23 players of 34 for the competition after a four-month-long residential training camp held at Fortis BFF Academy at Beraid here.
While asking about their preparation Ryles replied, “We focused on developing the physical aspects. The boys are extremely fit and strong. We played a number of practice matches in Fortis against different age groups.”
Key Player of the U-15 football team Md Rakibul Islam said that they are confident of retaining the title.
“We are the defending champions of SAFF U-15 competition. We will be the champions again as like as our seniors. We will retain our title,” said Rakibul.
The team will leave Dhaka for India on Monday at 7 am.
Bangladesh clinched their first title of SAFF Under-15 Championship beating India in penalty shootout (4-2) in the final at the Sylhet District Stadium on August 18, 2015 while they clinched the title for the second time beating Pakistan in penalty shootout (3-2) in the final at the ANFA Complex in Kathmandu on November 3, 2018.
The 23-member squad: Md Rakibul Islam, Al Mirad, Md Alamin Rahman, Sayed Nayeem Ahmed, Md Pias Ahmmed Nova, Shahin Molla, Mehdi Hasan Srabon, Apurbo Mali, Shuvo Sarkar, Munna Ahmed, Md Emon Islam Babu, Md Arifur Rahman Raju, Sirajul Islam Rana, Md Rabby Hosen, Sajed Hasan Jummon Nijum, Mohammad Azizul Hoque Ananto, Kazirul Islam Hridoy, Jayanto Lal, Md Sabbir Gazi, Md Golam Rabby, Md Badsha Mia, Md Rahib Hossain, Jony Sikder.
Southampton, Aug 17 (AP/UNB) — Liverpool made light of an exhaustive midweek trip to Turkey to post a club-record 11th straight Premier League win with a 2-1 triumph at Southampton, despite a late blunder by goalkeeper Adrian on Saturday.
Goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino kept up Liverpool's impressive domestic record, with the team having won every game going back to the Merseyside derby on March 3 last season. It is unbeaten in 19 league games overall.
This win must be as pleasing as any for Jürgen Klopp, given his players did not land back in this country until 4 a.m. local time on Thursday following a penalty-shootout win over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul.
Adrian saved what proved to be the decisive penalty in the Super Cup but he made an embarrassing error against Southampton when he kicked a clearance straight at Danny Ings and saw the ball rebound into the net. The Spanish goalkeeper injured his ankle in the post-shootout celebrations against Chelsea — a fan ran onto the field and slid into him — but he was declared fit to play against Southampton.
Southampton caused Liverpool many problems as fatigue seemed to be an issue for the visitors, but Mane's brilliant goal gave them the lead in first-half injury time and the second half featured a strong attacking display which should have yielded more than Firmino's effort in the 71st.
The Saints, who were beaten on the opening day at Burnley, will be able to take away plenty of positives even if they are left with a sense of what might have been after Ings missed a golden chance to equalize against his former team late on.
Liverpool next plays Arsenal, another team with a maximum six points.
Berlin, Aug 17 (AP/UNB) — Paco Alcacer scored twice as Borussia Dortmund began its bid to wrench the Bundesliga title from Bayern Munich with a 5-1 rout of Augsburg on Saturday.
Encouraged by Bayern's 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin in the league opener on Friday night, Dortmund was keen to deliver a statement to the seven-time defending champion.
But Dortmund was still settling into the game with Mats Hummels back in defense when Florian Niederlechner scored in the first minute for the visitors. Hummels, back after a successful three years in Munich, was among those badly positioned to deal with Nils Pedersen's cross for Niederlechner.
Alcacer was in the right place to reply two minutes later, prodding the ball home after Augsburg goalkeeper Tomas Koubek's foot deflected Marco Reus' cross into his path.
Reus drew a good save from Koubek as Dortmund pushed for more, but the hosts had to wait till the 51st for Jadon Sancho to break the deadlock. Sancho shot beyond the flailing Koubek after Augsburg's defense failed to deal with Axel Witsel on the left.
Alcacer set up Reus to score in the 57th for 3-1, two minutes before the Spain striker fired inside the right corner for his second.
Witsel crossed for substitute Julian Brandt to complete the scoring in the 82nd and mark his Dortmund debut with a goal.
Bayer Leverkusen defeated promoted Paderborn 3-2, and Cologne also lost on its return, 2-1 at Wolfsburg. Fortuna Düsseldorf won 3-1 at Werder Bremen and Freiburg scored three late goals in a 3-0 win over Mainz.
Borussia Mönchengladbach hosts Schalke in the late game.