Bangladesh under-15 football team players celebrate their teams’ goal during their SAFF U-15 Championship match against Maldives in Kathmandu on Saturday. Photo: BFF

The Bangladesh U-15 national football team stormed into the semi-final of SAFF U-15 Championship eliminating the Maldives by 9-0 goals in their opening group A match held on Saturday at All Nepal Football Association Complex (ANFA) ground in Kathmandu, Nepal, reports BSS.
Bangladesh, the champions of the 2015 edition, ensured the last four spot after host Nepal blanked the Maldives 4-0 in the first game of the three-team group.
In the day’s match, Nihat Jaman Ucchash scored hat-trick with four goals in the 11th, 19th, 23rd and 46th minutes while Russel Ahmed and Asikur Rahman scored a brace each in the 47th and 66th, and 80th and 90+5th minutes respectively.
Besides, Mehedi Hassan scored a lone goal in the 44th minute for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh will play against Nepal on October 29 to determine the group winner at the same venue. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the last four stage scheduled to be held on November 1 while the final of the championship is slated on November 3 following the third place deciding match.