Sports Desk
The Bangladesh U-15 national football team will face in the first semifinal a strong Indian side today in the SAFF U15 Championship 2018 at the ANFA Complex ground at Kathmandu in Nepal. The match will kick of 10:45 am.
After the group stages, Bangladesh (Group A) and Pakistan (Group B) clinched the group crown with all-win run to qualify for the semifinals securing full six points from straight two encounters while Nepal (Group A) and India (Group B) finished group runners-up to reach the semis, collecting three points from two matches.
Touring Bangladesh, which made a flying start in the three-team Group A crushing the Maldives by 9-0 goals in the opening match on Saturday featuring a hat-trick by Nihad Jaman, needed just a draw against hosts Nepal to clinch the group title as Nepal outplayed the Maldives by 4-0 goals in their first appearance last Thursday.
On the other hand, Pakistan clinched Group B title beating India by 2-1 goals and Bhutan by 4-0 goals while India finished Group B runners-up beating Bhutan by 4-0 goals.
In the other match, Nepal will face Pakistan in the 2nd semifinal at 2:30 pm on the same day and same venue.
Squad:
Bangladesh U-15 team – Rabiul Alam, Labibur Rahman, Rajon Howladar, Mohammad Raful Rahim, Mohammad Mahedi Hasan, Nihat Jaman Ucchash, Tuhidul Islam Riday, Rostom Islam Dukhu Mia, Raja Ansari, Sagor Sorkar, M Maruf Ahmed Mugdho, Ariful Haque Shemanto, Najmul Ahmed Sakil, Al Amin, Abu Taleb Pavez, Moinul Islam Moin, Kamran Uddin Raju, Mitul Marma, Mehedi Hasan, Helal Ahmed, Ashikur Rahman, Ibne Ahad Sakil and Rasel Ahmed.