Thimphu: Bangladesh and India confirmed their places in the final - albeit in different fashions - at the SAFF Women's U-15 Women's Championship 2019 on Friday.
Bangladesh edged Nepal 2-1 while India scored an emphatic 10-1 win over hosts Bhutan at the Chalimithang Stadium to set up not only a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday but also a place in Tuesday's final.
Chonburi: Triumph, heartbreak and numerous fabulous goals later, one of the best ever editions of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship has come to an end, with Japan becoming the champions for a record fourth time.
As the sun sets on another edition of the competition, the-AFC.com reflects of some of the moments which made Thailand 2019 a tournament to remember.
Tokyo: She may not have been present at Chonburi Stadium, but Yuna Hazekawa featured prominently in Japan’s celebrations after they beat DPR Korea in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 final on Saturday.
The 16-year-old defender was a key part of the Little Nadeshiko’s preparations for Thailand 2019, only to be ruled out of the tournament by an injury sustained just a week before their opening match.
Despite her absence, Hazekawa became a motivational figure for Japan, something that was evident after her teammates beat DPR Korea 2-1, with the Seiwa Gakuen High School student’s number five jersey taking pride of place on the podium as the trophy was awarded.
Chonburi: Japan emerged victorious at the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019, outlasting defending champions DPR Korea 2-1 in a gripping final at Chonburi Stadium on Saturday.
Two goals in four first-half minutes from Suzu Amano and Manaka Hayashi helped Japan overturn an early Hong Song-ok penalty and end DPR Korea’s four-match winning run in the tournament.
The win makes Japan the first nation to win the competition four times, as head coach Michihsia Kano’s charges followed on from previous successes at the U-17 level in 2005, and U-16 triumphs in 2011 and 2013.
While Japan claimed the title, both nations will represent Asia at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020.