Bangladesh made a sparkling start to their AFC U-16 Women's Championship Qualifiers (Round-2) campaign with a 10-0 mauling of Philippines in the Group B opener at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium in Myanmar yesterday.
Striker Sara Ban Tohura scored four goals in the first half before Anuching Mogini added a second-half brace for the rampant girls in red and green. Shamsunnahar Sr, Shamsunnahar Jr and skipper Maria Manda scored once goal apiece while the other one was an own goal.
Golam Rabbani Choton's charges raced to a comfortable 6-0 lead in a dominant first-half display before adding four more goals in the second half. The win will give Bangladesh the boost they need before taking on hosts Myanmar in the second match tomorrow.
The four-team group, which also features China -- the strongest team on paper -- and hosts Myanmar, will see two teams progress to the final round. The girls in red and green had emerged champions at home in the first round of the qualifiers having scored 27 goals and conceded none.
“I am very happy with the way my team played in the match,” said coach Choton. “Our girls played the match positively and played very hard from the beginning. Having scored an early goal, they were able to win by big margin. Since our target is to go to the final round, the next match against Myanmar is our very important for us,” the experienced coach added.
Although Bangladesh senior women's team lost against their Myanmar counterparts 5-0 in Olympic Qualifiers three months ago, they are expected to put up a fight against the hosts, who had beaten Philippines 5-1 during the first qualifying round in September last year.
Bangladesh under-16 team had qualified straight for the eight-team final round having won their qualifying round at home in 2016 for the previous edition of this championship.