SAFF Under-18 Championship 2017
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.