August 28, 2016 - 7:51pm
Iranian coach Shadi Mahini was full of praise for the Bangladesh girls after they thumped her side 3-0.
“We knew that the match would be hard for us but never thought Bangladesh would come up with such stuff,” Mahini said at the post-match conference yesterday.
“We beat Bangladesh two years ago but this squad is far better. We knew Bangladesh is good team and one of favourites but we did not expect such a performance from them,” said Mahini, who believes Bangladesh have progressed because of their strong grassroots programme.
“I can't mention any names of Bangladeshi players, rather I want to say that together they a good team,” said Mahini, who believed the defeat made it difficult for them to progress.
Mahini's counterpart Golam Rabbani Choton was ecstatic after a dream start to the championship.
“Winning against a big team like Iran is a great achievement but we still have a long way to go. We want to think match by match to achieve our target,” said Choton, adding that he was not happy with the scoreline.
“We dominated throughout the match and did everything except score till the 63rd minute,” said Choton, who guided this group of girls for last two years.