SAFF Un­der-18 Championship 2017

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South Asian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (SAFF) Un­der-18 Championship is be­ing held in Bhutan, a draw for tour­na­ment cer­e­mony was held on 10 July 2017 at con­fer­ence room of Bangladesh Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion.

SAFF gen­eral sec­re­tary An­warul Haque He­lal and BFF Sec­re­tary Abu Nay­eem Sho­hag, were among oth­ers present on the oc­ca­sion ac­cord­ing to Wikipedia.

Bhutan be­ing a host coun­try for the first time and Sri Lanka out of the championship four South Asian coun­tries – Mal­dives, Bangladesh, In­dia and Nepal are in the coun­try for the tour­na­ment.

On Septem­ber 18, Bhu- tan marked an impressive start at the un­der- 18 SAFF championship at home by de­feat­ing Mal­dives by 1:0 at Changlim­ithang sta­dium.

Bhutan scored its first goal in the sec­ond half of the match. Dur­ing the first half, both the team were play­ing a slow and strate­gic way but soon af­ter the sec­ond half, mid- field Kelden Lhot­shel Dorji as­sisted Or­gyen Wangchuk Tsh­er­ing with a through ball that fin­ished be­hind the net af­ter the Mal­di­vian de­fender failed to clear the cross in the penalty box.

Bangladesh U-18 created his­tory af­ter 3 goals down in first half to beat In­dia 4-3 in sec­ond half. It was the first time in the his­tory of Bangladesh foot­ball epic comes back.

A spec­ta­tor said “I have never seen such a play for a while; I have full hope that our dragon boys U-18 will surely make our coun­try proud.”

Bhutan was ris­ing again af­ter the first win with Mal­dives the sec­ond match was with the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Nepal on Septem­ber 20, 2017. Af­ter 57th minute, Bhutan scored a goal by the young ris­ing star Or­gyen Wangchuk Tsh­er­ing. His goal from the spot against Nepal in the U-18 SAFF championship gave Bhutan its sec­ond win in as many matches.

On Septem­ber 20, Bangladesh has played bril­liantly by de­feat­ing Mal­dives 2:0 at Changlim­ithang sta­dium. Bangladesh has proved to be a strong team for this league.

This epic match of Bhutan is show­ing the sign of the im­prove­ment, hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of our young ath­letes. In an up­com­ing year, the coun­try sees our young Bhutanese players in a far tougher in­ter­na­tional match with a good re­sult.

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