Bangladesh and Laos have been declared champions of Bangamata U-19 Women’s International Gold Cup tournament as the cyclonic storm Fani has forced the organisers to cancel the final match. In a press conference held at the press facilities of the BNS at around 6:20pm on Friday, the tournament's organising committee chairman Abdus Salam Murshedi told media that they decided to postpone the final due to the 'severity of cyclone Fani'.
"Due to the severity of Fani and the consequent situation around the country, the organising committee of the Bangamata U-19 Women's International Gold Cup 2019, in consultation with the participating teams, decided to postpone the final and announce bangladesh and Laos as joint champions," said Murshedi.
The BFF's senior vice-president also informed that the prize money for the final will be equally divided between the two teams (US$20,000 each.
Both finalists had stormed into the semifinals after finishing unbeaten champions in the group stage. Bangladesh beat Mongolia 3-0 in the semis after 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates and 2-1 victory over Kyrgyzstan in group matches. Laos crushed Mongolia 5-0 and Tajikistan 6-0 in the group stage before thumping Kyrgyzstan 7-1 in the semis.
Cyclone Fani, rated a very severe storm, has already claimed three lives along Odisha coast in India. Lightning strikes have killed at least six people in central Bangladesh district of Kishoreganj during thunderstorms under the cyclone’s influence. The weather in the capital was cloudy and there were rains.