Indian women's football team to play friendlies against Hong Kong, Indonesia
In preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers Round 2, the Indian Senior Women’s National Team will be playing two matches each against the senior national teams of Hong Kong and Indonesia this month.
The 25-member squad will leave Indian shores on January 19, 2019, to travel to Hong Kong to play back-to-back friendlies on January 21st and 23rd and thereafter will travel to Indonesia to play matches on January 27th and January 30th.
“In our quest to qualify from the Round 2 of the Olympic Qualifiers, we have to play against tough teams and both Hong Kong and Indonesia will provide us with challenges of their own and help in our development,” said head coach Maymol Rocky.
“The Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 will be a test and a challenge for all of us and we are preparing to script history and make the nation proud.”
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers Round 2 are slated from April 1-9, 2019 with the draw for the same yet to take place.
India made the second round of the Olympic Qualifiers courtesy of finishing second in Group C with four points in three matches, behind table-toppers and hosts Myanmar. Even though they lost 1-2 to Myanmar in the final group match, they were ahead of Nepal.
The 25 players selected for the two friendlies are as follows:
Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan, M Linthoingambi Devi, Sowmiya Narayansamy, Shreya Hooda
Defenders: Ashalata Devi, Sweety Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Dalima Chhibber, Lako Phuti, Michel Castanha, Poly Koley
Midfielders: Sangita Basfore, Sanju Yadav, Sumithra Kamaraj, Ranjana Chanu, Indumathi Kathiresan, Ranjita Devi, Manisha
Forwards: Roja Devi, Anju Tamang, Ratanbala Devi, Pyari Xaxa, Dangmei Grace, Sandhiya R, Mamta
January 21: vs Hong Kong
January 23: vs Hong Kong
January 27: vs Indonesia
January 30: vs Indonesia