Bangladesh made history when it won the SAFF Women's Championship for the first time, beating Nepal 1-0 at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu. The maiden title for the Bengal Tigresses saw the team earn the status of a trailblazer in women's football in the country. Their captain Sabina Khatun won the Golden Boot and the Most Valuable Award for eight goals in five games.
Having shown great promise in the age-level competitions from under-15s upwards over the last decade or so, the girls who have now graduated to represent the senior national team lived up to their promise and delivered in style, maintaining an all-win record beating four-time finalists and hosts Nepal for the first time in the final at the Dasharath Stadium (Rangasala) in Kathmandu.
This was the first time that the South Asian championship has been won by any country other than India, in the 6th edition of the tournament. Including the final, Bangladesh won all five of their matches in the 6th SAFF Women's Championship, scoring 23 goals in the process, and conceding just one. It was the first defeat for Himalayan nation Nepal in the ongoing meet after winning all three of their previous matches.
It catapulted a new set of heroines into the nation's imagination, and they were warmly embraced - some would say ecstatically - upon their return to the country, as they were paraded on an open-top bus.
The personal tales of the team members from Rituparna and Rupna Chakma to the Mogini sisters, from the glamorous Sanjida to elder sister and captain Sabina Khatun, also won the nation's hearts.
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