We can go to the World Cup, says Aditi Chauhan

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We can go to the World Cup, says Aditi Chauhan

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SportsCafe Desk

01/06/2017

Indian women football goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan believes that the team has the potential to qualify for the FIFA women's World Cup. The 24-year-old also called for the private sector to get involved in women's football to help them succeed. India are ranked 54th in the world and 12th in Asia.

“It’s important to aim higher, keep working hard and that’s what we have been doing. We got a lot of match exposure and are hoping to do well in the AFC, which is a stepping stone to higher level of tournament,” Chauhan told PTI news agency.

“If we keep going for the next couple of years, we can be there in the World Cup.”

The West Ham Ladies' shot stopper praised the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for their continued support, but said the private sector would have to get involved as well for the women's game to move to the next level.

Chauhan described the introduction of women’s I-League a "step in the right direction", saying India's dominance in south Asia had forced the initiative.

“The AIFF has put in a lot of effort towards developing women’s football and it will be even better if the private sector also contribute a bit more,” Chauhan explained.

“Over the years (women) football in India has grown, especially the SAFF tournament, which we have always won. Our dominance in south Asia shows that there is huge potential. Hopefully, we will keep getting better and play at the top level in Asia soon. Women’s I-League is a step in the right direction.

 “Doing well in south Asia… that’s always been there, there has to be a constant growth and I hope we will win the AFC qualifiers and keep the momentum.”

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