Host Bangladesh have been pitted in Group B along with the United Arab Emirates and Kyrgyzstan, while Mongolia, Tajikistan and Laos will vie in Group A of the six-team tournament
Bangladesh girls in the age-level football tournaments have been getting regular success.
Recently, they won the South Asian Football Federation U-15 Championship, and also qualified for the final round of the Asian Football Confederation U-16 tournament.
But the girls will face pressure to retain their ascendancy as they are expected to do well in the Bangamata Under-19 Gold Cup that starts here Monday.
Host Bangladesh have been pitted in Group B along with the United Arab Emirates and Kyrgyzstan, while Mongolia, Tajikistan and Laos will vie in Group A of the six-team tournament.
The two best sides from each group will qualify for the semi-finals before the winners of that game lock horns against each other in the final.
Bangladesh coach Golam Rabbani Choton was confident regarding their chances in the tournament.
“First of all, we want to win the first two games. Then we want to win the semi-final and play the final. We want to keep the trophy at home to make the occasion memorable. You can see how the girls have improved technically and tactically. I hope the girls will perform really well,” said Choton during a press conference at the Bangladesh Football Federation building Saturday.
Bangladesh got success in the second phase of the AFC U-16 Championship in Myanmar in February.
The senior team however, could not do well in the Saff Championship in March, but Choton believes they can utilize the experiences of those tournaments.
“Our experiences in Myanmar and Nepal will be useful here. I hope the girls will work hard to rectify their mistakes. They will not disappoint us at our home ground,” he added.
Bangladesh captain Mishrat Jahan Mousumi expressed hope of tasting success.
“We will give our best to commemorate the tournament that is named after the mother of our Prime Minister. We have good preparations; everyone of the team are fit. We wish our countrymen will pray for us,” said Mousumi.
Mousumi’s deputy Maria Manda also sounded confident of success.
“We are trying to rectify the mistakes that we made in Nepal and Myanmar. We want to progress match by match here,” said Maria.