Indian women prepared to fight against Vietnam

KOLKATA: As Indian women prepare to face Vietnam in the first of the two international friendlies in Hanoi on Sunday, they hope to turn it into a springboard for a place in the AFC Asian Women's Cup .

At this time, our main objective is to prepare the team for the Asian Cup Qualifiers next year. We have already played many tournaments in 2019, and I think we will reach the Asian Championship is the next step for this team, head coach Maymol Rocky He told STOI.

While the team has been going through regular national camps and playing international matches, Vietnam will be the most difficult challenge so far for women. Ranked 34th in the world and with 24 steps above Indian women, Asian giants recently also beat Thailand, one of the teams in Asia this year. FIFA Women's World Cup .

It will be a difficult challenge. But it is important for us to keep challenging ourselves to keep improving. This is how we will be better prepared for the AFC Qualifiers next year, said the goalkeeper from India. Aditi Chauhan .

India played for the last time with Uzbekistan, another top-ranked team, in two friendlies in September. While the first ended with a disappointing 5-1 score in favor of the hosts, the Indians defended themselves to achieve a decent worthy of 1-1 in the second.

Coach Rocky feels that his performance in Uzbekistan is just one of the many good shows that the team has presented in recent times.

We have improved a lot during the last year or so. I think that our performances in Round 2 of the Olympic Qualifiers and in the COTIF Cup were testimony to the progress we have made, he said. Even in both games against Uzbekistan, you could clearly see that this group of girls learn from each game. Uzbekistan is a very strong team, and we were 1-0 up in the first game, but unfortunately we lost that 1-5 But the girls took that experience and produced a much better performance in the next game we drew 1-1.

With youngsters like Karthika Angamuthu, Sumithra Kamraj and W Linthoingambi Devi receiving their first calls to the team to complement the experience of Captain Ashalata Devi in ​​defense and striker Bala Devi in ​​attack, the coach feels they are ready for the challenge in Vietnam.

Vietnam is a very good team. They are about 20 places ahead of us in the FIFA ranking, and that speaks a lot. They have also defeated Thailand, which is a World Cup team recently. But football is a game that is played on the field. , and our girls are ready to fight in both games, Rocky added.