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12:00 AM, September 21, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 21, 2019

U-16 girls hope for a better show

Bangladesh will hope to repeat their performance of the last edition when they take on Australia in their third and final group match of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship at IEP Chonburi Stadium in Thailand today.

Already eliminated from the group stages with defeats against Thailand and Japan, the confidence of the girls in red and green has hit rock bottom. However, the fighting attitude that the previous batch of players showed in their 3-2 defeat against Australia two years ago could be the one thing to lift the morale of the girls.

The charges of Golam Rabbani Choton wasted a lot of scoring chances in the first match against Thailand before eventually going down to a 1-0 defeat, but they were completely outplayed during their 9-0 defeat against three-time champions Japan. Now the coach is trying to motivate his players to end the campaign with a good performance.

“We are going to play another tough match against Australia who are a strong side like Japan. We tried to boost the girls in the last two days so that they can put up a good show and fight till the last minute and end the championship with a good performance,” said Choton.

Echoing the sentiment of the coach, captain Maria Manda said, “We will try to show better performance than the last match and avoid making the mistakes we made against Japan.”

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