Women’s league to feature eight teams
The transfer window of Women’s Football League closed yesterday, with eight participating teams, except for Bashundhara Kings, completing the official formalities at the BFF House.
Among the eight teams, Bashundhara Kings are the only outfit who play in top-flight men’s football while the other seven -- Begum Anowara Sporting Club, FC Uttar Bango, Kacharipara Akadash, Cumilla United, Nasrin Sporting Club, Shopnochura & Akelpur Football Academy, Spartan MK Galactico Sylhet FC – are quite unknown quantities in the women’s league, which is going to be held after a six-year gap. Sylhet-based outfit Spartan MK Galactico confirmed their participation lately to turn it into an eight-club competition.
Bashundhara Kings have formed the strongest side by roping in 19 players of different national women’s teams. The league was scheduled to begin on January 31, but may be deferred.
National team players like Sabina Khatun, Maria Manda, Monika Chakma, Akhi Khatun, Sanjida Akter, Tahura Khatun arrived at the BFF House riding on horse carriages surrounded by band parties and supporters to complete their registration procedures for the Kings.
“The women teams have brought laurel for the nation in recent past. Introduction of women’s football league is very important because the players will get a platform in domestic circuit which will help them to do better at international level,” Bashundhara Kings president Imrul Hasan said, adding that their target is to become champions and participate in AFC tournaments.
Apart from Bashundhara Kings, other participating teams have formed below-average squads. Only Nasrin Sporting Club and FC Uttar Bango signed up two national players while Cumilla United got one, but the rest of the clubs collected players from different districts who played in Bangamata Primary School Football tournament and JFA Cup. Around 30 players at different national teams didn’t get any clubs due to fund crisis of the clubs.
No club has started training camp yet and some of them are yet to confirm their coaches.