Maria Manda (centre), captain of the high school soccer team in Kolsindur , Bangladesh, controls the ball during a match in the country’s capital, Dhaka. Photos: AFP

Soccer stars: the Bangladeshi village girls who bend it like Beckham

Set up less than 5 years ago, team has won national championships, brought their poor village fame, and won over conservative elders who disapproved of girls playing sport. But it’s future is not assured

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Maria Manda (centre), captain of the high school soccer team in Kolsindur , Bangladesh, controls the ball during a match in the country’s capital, Dhaka. Photos: AFP
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