Indian women’s football team to play friendlies against Malaysia

The Indian national women’s football team -- No. 60 in FIFA rankings -- will play two friendlies against Malaysia later this month. Both matches have been arranged by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to provide more exposure to the team.

football Updated: Jul 27, 2017 17:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India women's national football team,Maymol Rocky,Bala Devi
The Indian women’s football team will play two friendly games against Malaysia on July 29 and 31. (AIFF )

The Indian senior women’s football arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday to play two back-to-back friendlies --- July 29 and July 31 --- against Malaysia.

Head coach Maymol Rocky said, “The two matches will provide the girls valuable match experience. An international match adds to your confidence and the squad is looking forward to it,” she said.

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Captain, Bala Devi (striker), termed Malaysia as a “strong opponent.” “They are a strong team. But we need to play better than them, and we will try our best,” she said, adding, “We have practiced very hard and are raring to go.

“It’s nice to be training under Maymol. Though there is always that comfort level with her, she has always been a hard taskmaster. But we are not complaining as we understand that she wants us to be better players.

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The squad: Goalkeepers: Panthoi Chanu, Roshini Devi; Defenders: Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Umapati Devi, Dalima Chhibber, Radharani Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Tony Devi; Midfielders: Premi Devi, Prameshori Devi, Lochana Munda, Sanju, Mandakini Devi, Ritu Rani, Bindyarani Devi; Strikers: Bala Devi, Kamala Devi, Anju Tamang, Dangmei Grace, Pyari Xaxa, Kashmina.

First Published: Jul 27, 2017 16:38 IST