Choton hails Bangladesh's ‘best achievement in women’s football’
Chonburi: Golam Robbani Choton praised his players after his Bangladesh side earned a 2-2 draw in their AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 clash with Australia on Saturday, labelling it the country’s best achievement in the women’s game.
Already out of knockout stage contention, and still reeling from a 9-0 defeat to Japan three days prior, few gave the South Asian side a chance at IPE Chonburi Stadium, but a committed team performance and two goals from promising striker Tohura Khatun earned them a historic first ever Finals point.
Chonburi: Australia sealed their place in the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 knockout stage, but only after a Matchday Three arm-wrestle with Bangladesh finished in 2-2 draw on Saturday.
Striker Tohura Khatun put the South Asians ahead on two separate occasions, with a pair of second-half equalisers from Claudia Mihocic and Paige Zois required to maintain Australia’s unbeaten record.
The Junior Matildas sealed their place in the semi-finals for the first time in 10 years, but it was Bangladesh who were in the mood to celebrate, as they claimed their first ever AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Finals point.
Chonburi: China PR are on the verge of making their fifth consecutive AFC U-16 Women’s Championship semi-finals, but progress will depend on their final Group B match against Vietnam at the IPE Chonburi Stadium on Sunday.
China began their Thailand 2019 campaign brightly with a 2-0 win over 2017 finalists Korea Republic, and those three points are vital after the East Asians suffered a 4-0 defeat to defending champions DPR Korea on Matchday Two.
Chonburi: 14-year-old Jessika Nash has impressed many with her on-field leadership at the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019, but just as impressive are the globetrotting efforts of the Australian captain’s biggest fans – her family.
More than 50 family members and friends of Junior Matildas' players have made the trip from Australia to Thailand, with the Nash contingent among the largest in the travelling party.
There are three generations of Nashes in Chonburi, with a fourth represented by a great-grandmother watching every kick of the ball from back home in Australia, as Rae Dower’s side chase a maiden Asian title.
But, as Jessika’s mother Katherine revealed, this is far from the first away day for the family, some of whom have racked up over 45,000 kilometres of football-related travel since the tournament’s first qualifying stage last September.
Chonburi: Today they stand on top of the footballing world, but they were once teenagers taking their first steps on the international stage.
While World Cups, club titles and major individual awards would follow, many of Asia’s women’s football icons began their careers on the same stage which greets a new generation of players in Chonburi in the AFC U-16 Women's Championship Thailand 2019.
As the Continent waits to see which promising youngsters will emerge in Thailand, the-AFC.com looks back at some of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship's graduates.