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India set to face Malaysia in international women’s football friendly

In what will be a momentous occasion for women’s football in India, the first ever female head coach of the senior team, Maymol Rocky, will take charge of the side for the first time when they take on Malaysia in an international women’s football friendly in Malaysia on Monday.

football Updated: Jul 30, 2017 20:16 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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The friendly against Malaysia will be the first game in charge of the Indian women’s national football team for new head coach Maymol Rocky (L).(AIFF)

Indian women’s football team are confident of a good show against hosts Malaysia in an international friendly which will also mark the debut of new coach Maymol Rocky.

Indian senior team’s first female coach Rocky is a strict disciplinarian.

“We have introduced fines in this camp. Whenever someone commits any mistake, she is fined,” said Maymol.

“Imparting discipline within the squad stayed a priority. Unless you get the pinch, you never learn,” she added.

The girls don’t mind it as they understand “it’s for a cause.”

Defender Dalima Chhibber, a former Indian U-19 captain, said: “It unites us. The team bonding has become better. It makes you more disciplined. It is fun, but at the same time, it pinches your pocket. It’s up to us to avoid the fines,” she says in one breath.

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Keeping in tune with not taking things lightly off the field, Maymol wants the same kind of a smooth transition when the girls play on Monday (July 31).

“We won’t be taking them lightly. They are a strong side. Once you are complacent, you will pay the price,” you had to agree with Maymol.

“They are playing at home. It is a big stadium. It’s advantage Malaysia.”

Maymol’s squad has been a mix of youth and experience.

“Around 10 players have come up the ranks through the age groups. The average age of the side has gone down considerably. Barring around three, all the rest are below 25,” she said.

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Maymol wasn’t much willing to read into the FIFA Rankings.

“Not that we are a weak team. But I never go into FIFA Rankings. We are aware of the development made by Malaysia. But we are confident as a team,” she said.

Pointing at captain Bala Devi, Maymol further stated:”She has a habit of scoring goals in almost every match.”

The skipper on her part is not bothered as to who scores as long as someone scores.

“It’s not about who scores as long as we score. We have specific roles assigned to us and we need to execute it to perfection,” the India skipper opined. The match starts tomorrow at 6:15 pm IST.

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 20:15 IST