Women booters suffer defeat against Nepal
Bangladesh's bid to prepare the national women's football team for AFC Women's Asian Cup got off to a disappointing start when the women in Red and Green suffered a 1-2 defeat to hosts Nepal in their first of two FIFA friendly matches at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu yesterday.
Debutants Sabita Rana and Preeti Rai struck one goal each for Nepal before substitute Tahura Khatun pulled one back for Bangladesh, who played the first international match after a two and half years' gap. Bangladesh, who have never beaten Nepal, however played well compared to their previous performances against Nepal as the charges of Golam Rabbani Choton often played in the opponent's half and created opportunities to convert a goal.
However, an unforced error from goalkeeper Rupna Chakma and defender Akhi Khatun's absence contributed to Bangladesh's downfall. In the 14th minute, Rupna came out of her post and failed to negotiate Bimala Chaudhury's left-footed cross which debutant Sabitra headed home. Then in the 23rd minute, the margin was doubled when another debutant Preeti raced past defenders and scored.
After resumption, Krishna Rani was thwarted by the Nepalese goalkeeper Anjila Subba but she could not stop a left-footed drive by Tahura in the 83rd minute.