DHAKA, March 23, 2023 (BSS) - Bangladesh looking forward to return winning streak as they face strong India in their third match of the SAFF U-17 Women's Championship scheduled to be held tomorrow (Friday) at Birshreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in the city's Kamalapur.
The match kicks off at 7.15 pm, following the match between tournament's favorite Russia and Bhutan that begins at 3.15 pm at the same venue.
Bangladesh stands at second position in the points table with three points from two matches while table topper India also collected three points, but they played one match less than Bangladesh.
Bangladesh, ranked 140 in FIFA ranking, earlier thrashed lowly Bhutan by 8-1 goals in their tournament opening match. Thanks to Sree Moti Trisna Rani and Thuinuye Marma, who played a vital role behind the Bangladesh's massive victory over Bhutan.
The host side however slipped as they suffered a 0-3 goal defeat to Russia in their second match. Though Bangladesh lost the match against upper ranked Russia, but the girls showed excellent prowess by fighting neck to neck, despite trailing the first half by 0-2 margin.
Bangladesh is always favorite in home in any women's tournament. But this time it'll not be an easy task for Bangladesh's skipper Ruma Akter and co. to take India's challenge.
Bangladesh will play the match in their home soil against India and it'll be added an extra advantage because the home side will have an ample support from the local crowds. Even though India is considered as favorite in the championship, but Bangladesh want to do something good with their best.
The girls have been making rigorous training with the seniors for this tournament since January 1.
India, the strongest team in the region ranked 61st in FIFA ranking also a favorite side of the tournament, earlier defeated defending champions Nepal by 4-1 goals in their tournament's opening match, rode on a brilliant hat-trick by forward Shilji Shaji and they must be looking forward to carry out the same performance against Bangladesh on the Friday's encounter.