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Indian women football team ready for Myanmar test

Indian women football team ready for Myanmar test


Published: 9 April 2019 3:57 AM GMT
The Indian women’s football team will take on a formidable Myanmar side in what is a do-or-die final round-robin match of the 2020 Olympic Qualifying tournament in Myanmar on Tuesday, 9th April 2019. So far, India have won both their matches, against Indonesia and Nepal, and have six points from two games but so do Myanmar. On top of that, they also enjoy a better goal difference of (+8) as compared to India (+4). India will however miss the services of Aditi Chauhan, the experienced custodian, who is out with injury. What might act as a mental roadblock for the Indian eves is the fact that they have lost their last two matches against Tuesday’s oppositions. Speaking ahead of the match, head coach Maymol Rocky said,
“When I was appointed the head coach of the senior team, I knew the challenges we faced. I knew things needed to be changed and the first change was to bring down the average age of team.”
“That could only have been done by focusing on the youth, aiming to create a squad for the future which can be the mainstay of the National Team for years to come.” “When I look back and realise the average age of this squad is 21, I pinch myself often. Is it real? Or is it a day dream? The bunch of 20 girls stay just one win away from creating history. The batch has grown drastically — not only as players, but most importantly as human beings.”
Rocky heaped praise on her team for their performances over the last few months, especially their win against Nepal in the SAFF Championship final. “In the 14 International matches that these girls have played in the span of 3 months, each one of them has displayed that they are capable of greatness. We won the SAFF Championship in Nepal against Nepal in the finals in an intimidating environment where the crowd was booing us with every touch of the ball we had.” “To expect girls some of whom are barely 20 to play the way we did, might be overreaching, but they did it. They proved that age is just a number,” Rocky said.
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