The Indian ladies’s soccer group arrived within the metropolis on Thursday for its upcoming friendlies within the UAE and Bahrain, which get underway on Saturday.
The friendlies have been deliberate as a part of the group’s preparation for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which is ready to happen in India subsequent 12 months.
The Indian group has been tenting in Jamshedpur with assist from the federal government of Jharkhand.
The 23-member squad, together with the help workers, travelled from Jamshedpur to New Delhi, earlier than boarding a flight to Dubai.
The group will play friendlies towards the United Arab Emirates (October 2) and Tunisia (October 4), earlier than travelling to Bahrain, the place it should face the hosts on October 10 and Chinese Taipei on October 13.
“The girls are all excited to be getting some match time for our Asian Cup preparation. We have trained hard for the last month in Jamshedpur, and now we are ready to test ourselves against some tough opponents,” stated head coach Thomas Dennerby.
Captain and centre-back Ashalata Devi thanked the authorities for arranging a camp and worldwide matches amid a pandemic.
“We know the situation is not easy right now, but the way everything has been arranged to help us set up a long term preparation for the Asian Cup is amazing,” stated Ashalata Devi.
“Right from the camp being organised by the Jharkhand Government with prime services, to matches scheduled towards powerful opponents, we’ve obtained immense help.
“All the girls are extremely thankful for that, and we are all putting in our full effort to be ready for the Asian Cup,” she said.
The 23-member squad:
Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan, Maibam Linthoingambi Devi, Shreya Hooda.
Defenders: Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi, Ritu Rani, Ashalata Devi, Ranjana Chanu, Michel Castanha, Manisa Panna, Astam Oraon.
Midfielders: Sangita Basfore, Indumathi Kathiresan, Sanju, Martina Thokchom.
Forwards: Dangmei Grace, Anju Tamang,Sandhiya Ranganathan, Soumya Guguloth, Manisha Kalyan, Sumati Kumari, Pyari Xaxa, Renu.