Bangladesh coach Golam Rabbani Choton expressed his satisfaction with the way his charges launched attacks from the first minute to the last following their narrow 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan in the last Group B match of the Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup yesterday.
“Our plan was to secure full points as well as fight full 90 minutes. The girls did it accordingly as they scored two goals, but the goal we conceded was due a mistake of our goalkeeper. I want to give all the credit to the girls,” Choton said, adding that his charges improved much compared to the first match against United Arab Emirates.
“There were some mistakes in the match against UAE but today the girls were very aggressive upfront and tried their best as Krishna [Rani Sarker] finished clinically on a Sanjida [Akhter] cross. Our team had launched attacks through the flanks against UAE but today we also launched attacks down the midfield,” said Choton.
The successful coach believes an international win over Kyrgyzstan is a big achievement for the girls, who would be encouraged in the semifinal match as he felt the players were much more spirited against Kyrgyzstan compared to the match against UAE.
Winger Sanjida Akhter scored the opening goal within 30 seconds and then set up the other goal for Krishna Rani Sarker to be adjudged the most valuable player of the match.
“I feel really happy for being adjudged the best player. Our target was to win the match and we did it,” said Sanjida.
Kyrgyzstan coach Nataliia Gaivoronskaiia termed the match ‘a good one’, but felt her team conceded both goals due to mistakes by the goalkeeper, who she felt was nervous playing against one of favourites of the tournament.