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Indumathi Kathiresan has been a game changer for India and Tamil Nadu's footballing culture

Indumathi Kathiresan has been a game changer for India and Tamil Nadus footballing culture

Md Imtiaz

Published: 21 May 2019 8:08 AM GMT
Indian women's team midfielder Indumathi Kathiresan has come a long way in her career and today she's one of the most prolific players of the Indian Women's League. Her team, Sethu FC, defeated Baroda Football Academy by a thumping 7-0 margin on Saturday to round off their Group II campaign of the IWL. Indumathi was one of the goal scorers from the Sethu FC brigade. Followed by that, Sethu FC produced a brilliant performance against a hapless SSB Women FC, as the Tamil Nadu based side engineered a 8-1 victory at the Guru Nanak Stadium, on Monday. This win sends Sethu into the Hero Indian Women’s League
 final, where they will face Manipur Police. Indumathi has represented the India women's national football team since 2014. She scored six goals in 2014 SAFF Women's Championship, which made her a regular choice of the national team. She was part of the India squad that won gold at the 2016 South Asian Games and was also selected in the squad for the 2016 SAFF Women's Championship, where she scored two goals for the team. In the 2019 edition of the tournament, she became the top scorer of the tournament with four goals to her name. With terrific success by her side, she looks forward to put up a good display at for India at the Olympic qualifiers.
"We will try our best to showcase a good performance at the Olympic qualifiers and want to see our country at the highest stage of success,"
said Indumathi to The Bridge. Her top-notch performance at the domestic level saw Tamil Nadu bag the Senior National Championships for the first time in 2018 and later the same year, TN junior team also won national title. It can safely be said that she has been one of the pioneers to bring a revolution in the state's women's footballing status. "After Tamil Nadu won the Seniors Championship, we witnessed a sea change in the footballing culture of the state. Our win motivated the state’s junior team to take up this sport passionately and they also were successful in bagging the Championships." 
"Today, even students are eager to take up football at school level which is definitely an encouraging site. Players like Archana, Sandhiya and Saumya are coming from Tamil Nadu. Today we have only Sethu FC from the state, more such clubs should come from the state and the game should be promoted at all levels," says Indumathi. Indumathi, who has captained the Indian national team on several occasions feels nothing can be more special than wearing the captain's armband for the country. She says, "Personally, wearing India’s captain band was the most special moment. It gives me extra motivation, and I try to create a good bonding among the players." 
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