Bangladesh moved up seven places in the latest women’s football rankings released by FIFA on Thursday, following their maiden SAFF Championship triumph last month.
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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.
Members of the Bangladesh cricket team congratulated the national team women footballers after their SAFF Women’s Championship triumph on Monday.
Bangladesh Women Football team skipper Sabina Khatun dedicated the SAFF Women's Championship trophy to the people of Bangladesh after they claimed the South Asian football's supremacy by beating hosts Nepal 3-1 in the final at the Dasarath Rangasala in Kathmandu on Monday.