The 13th edition of the South Asian Games 2019 is being held in Kathmandu-Pokhara in Nepal as the Indian contingent aims to maintain their supremacy in South Asia.
One of the sports that has been a part of the South Asian Games event over the decades is football. Pakistan has been the most successful men’s team with four gold medals whereas the Indian team has won three gold medals.
The Indian women’s football team has been the most successful team at the South Asian Games winning both the gold medals since the women’s game was introduced at the 2010 Dhaka South Asian Games.
The Indian women’s team has defeated the Nepalese side at both the 2010 and 2016 South Asian Games held in Dhaka and Guwahati/Shillong respectively.
Indian coach Maymol Rocky had announced a probables squad of 30 women for the training camp and then settled upon the final squad comprising of 20 women who will aim to get the hat-trick of gold medals for the nation at the South Asian Games.
India begin its gold medal title defence against the Maldives on December 3, 2019 at 2pm IST at the Pokhara Stadium. The next fixtures will see the team take on Sri Lanka on December 5, 2019 and hosts Nepal on December 7, 2019. The final of the Women’s football event will take place on 9th December, 2019 at 5pm IST.
Indian Women’s Football Squad at the South Asian Games 2019
Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan, E. Panthoi Chanu, M. Linthoinganbi Devi
Defenders: Roja Devi, Jabamani Tudu, W. Linthoinganbi Devi, Michele Castanha, Sweety Devi, Ashalata Devi
Midfielders: Ritu Rani, Bala Devi, Sangita Basfore, Sumithra Kamaraj, Ratanbala Devi
Forwards: Anju Tamang, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Daya Devi, Manisha, Ranjana Chanu, Dangmei Grace
Former Indian international Maymol Rocky is the head coach of the team.
Indian team’s fixtures at the South Asian Games 2019
December 3: India vs Maldives
December 5: India vs Sri Lanka
December 7: India vs Nepal
December 9: Final