In a surprising turn of events, the SAFF Women’s U-19 Championships concluded with India and Bangladesh being declared joint winners. The tournament, held in Dhaka, witnessed a series of unusual occurrences that led to this unprecedented decision.
Coin Toss Drama
- The match between India and Bangladesh ended in a 1-1 draw after regulation time and even penalties failed to break the deadlock, resulting in a score of 11-11.
- Initially, a coin toss was used to determine the winner, with India emerging victorious.
- However, protests from the home crowd and Bangladesh players prompted a reevaluation of the decision.
Confusion Among Officials
- The match commissioner’s initial decision to resolve the stalemate with a coin toss lacked clarity and led to controversy.
- There was a lack of clear guidelines regarding the tournament rules in such a unique situation.
Resolution: Joint Winners
- Eventually, the match commissioner reversed the decision and declared both India and Bangladesh as joint winners of the SAFF Women’s U-19 Championships.
- This decision marked India’s fourth age-group title in women’s SAFF competitions and their first victory on Bangladeshi soil.