A common scene preceding a friendly neighbourhood football match is random players gathering and two seniors-turn-captains taking turns in picking the players. Usually, the top strikers are recruited first, followed by playmakers, wingers, and so on.
Before emerging as champions of the just-concluded 2022 SAFF Women's Championship, the women in red and green had played a final once before – during the regional competition's 2016 edition. But as the in-form Sabina Khatun, Sanjida Akhtar, Maria Manda and company prepared to encounter hosts Nepal, the Bangladesh head coach Golam Rabbani Choton deemed his charges as favourites -- not based on the track records against the four-time champions but on their current form.
Bangladesh's bid to play the final of the SAFF U-17 Championship got off to an impressive start when the boys in red and green handed a massive 5-1 defeat to hosts Sri Lanka at the Racecourse International Stadium in Colombo tonight.
Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar exchanged greetings with Bangladesh midfielder Maria Manda and shared sporting advice while talking to the country's representatives of UNICEF as the organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for the South Asia Region on the occasion of International Youth Day through a video call.