Host nation India on Tuesday named its 23-member squad for the upcoming AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup, together with 4 children from the workforce that completed runners-up within the U-19 SAFF Championships in Dhaka final month.
Whereas the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) has not named a captain but, the skilled Ashalata Devi is more likely to lead the aspect within the continental event, which will likely be held in three venues throughout Maharasthra from January 20 to February 6.
There aren’t any surprises within the workforce introduced on Tuesday as 27 gamers had been tenting in Kochi, Kerala since final month, out of which 23 had been picked.
The 4 gamers who had participated within the SAFF meet and are additionally a part of this squad are Hemam Shilky Devi (defender), Mariyammal Balamurugan (ahead), Sumati Kumari (ahead) and Naorem Priyangka Devi (defender).
India will nonetheless miss the providers of seasoned striker Bala Devi, who continues to recuperate from an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgical procedure carried out final September. It might probably take a minimal of six months to completely restoration after the operation.
India have been drawn alongside Iran (January 20), Chinese language Taipei (January 23) and China (January 26) in Group A of the competitors that consists of 12 groups.
With as many as 15 gamers underneath the age of 25 within the comparatively younger squad, Dennerby believes that “the children and the skilled bunch can assist one another out, each on and off the pitch.”
“We have now bunch of younger gamers, and a few skilled heads too. The younger ones are hungry to show themselves, in order that brings in degree of power and wholesome competitors for locations,” Dennerby stated.
“However it additionally works the opposite manner spherical — because the skilled gamers can information the younger ones in numerous issues each on and off the pitch.”
The coach additionally maintained that the workforce is approaching “one sport at a time.”
“When you begin pondering an excessive amount of about permutations and mixtures, that may take a toll on the way in which you play the sport. The coaches can do all of the pondering that we will, however for the gamers, it is all about going on the market and enjoying nicely on the day.
“Soccer is a fantastic sport, and you could reside within the second to play it nicely,” he stated.
The gamers and assist employees, who’ve been tenting in Kochi because the workforce’s return from the competition-cum-exposure tour of Brazil, will fly out to Mumbai on Thursday.
India is internet hosting the continent’s highest competitors for the primary time since 1980 and at stake is a doable berth within the 2023 FIFA World Cup.
For computerized qualification to the quadrennial showpiece in Australia and New Zealand, India, ranked fifty fifth on the earth, should be among the many high 5 groups.
The event organisers have launched the squads of all of the 12 collaborating nations. Monday was the final date of registration.
The ultimate record of 23 registered gamers as follows:
GOALKEPEERS: Aditi Chauhan (1), Maibam Linthoingambi Devi (23), Sowmiya Narayanasamy (19).
DEFENDERS: Dalima Chhibber (17), Sweety Devi Ngangbam (2), Ritu Rani (21), Loitongbam Ashalata Devi (4), Manisa Panna (3), Hemam Shilky Devi (5), Sanju Yadav (8).
MIDFIELDERS: Yumnam Kamala Devi (6), Anju Tamang (9), Karthika Angamuthu (20), Nongmeithem Ratanbala Devi (7), Naorem Priyangka Devi (14), Indumathi Kathiresan (12).
FORWARDS: Manisha Kalyan (16), Grace Dangmei (11), Pyari Xaxa (10), Renu (15), Sumati Kumari (22), Sandhiya Ranganathan (13), Mariyammal Balamurugan (18).
HEAD COACH: Thomas Dennerby.
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