The Indian senior women’s national team will play two international friendlies against higher-ranked Vietnam in Hanoi on November 3 and 6 at the Vietnam Youth Football Training Centre. The team will get together in New Delhi for a training camp from October 25 to 30 before leaving for Vietnam.
After impressive performances in Spain and Uzbekistan, the senior women’s national team will play two international friendlies against higher-ranked Vietnam in Hanoi on November 3 and 6 at the Vietnam Youth Football Training Centre. India head coach Maymol Rocky believes that Vietnam will be a tough challenge, considering the fact that they are 34th in the FIFA rankings, as compared to India’s 58th but the Indian team will still try to play their brand of attacking football.
“Vietnam are a very tough team. They have recently beaten a World Cup team like Thailand and that says a lot,” Rocky said to the PTI.
“Their attackers are very quick and technically very good but that does not mean that we will play a defending game. We need to test ourselves in the big matches and we will also play our brand of attacking football.”
The Indian team will get together in New Delhi for a training camp from October 25 to 30 before leaving for Vietnam on October 31 and the coach is planning on leaving no stone unturned in preparing her team to play well against Vietnam
“The more we play on the international level, the better it will be for us. And playing against tougher opponents will be further helpful. Their standards are better than us, both physically and technically. I will be giving chances to the youngsters to see how we can test the team for the future,” she said.
Twenty-nine players who have been called up for the camp in New Delhi are as followed:
Goalkeepers: Elangbam Panthoi Chanu, Sowmiya N, Aditi Chauhan, Maibam Linthoingambi Devi.
Defenders: Arati Anima Khadia, Michel Castanha, Ngangbam Sweety Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Pratiksha Lakra, Sorokhaibam Ranjana Chanu, Loitongbam Ashalata Devi, W Linthoingambi Devi.
Midfielders: Asem Roja Devi, Sanju Yadav, Grace Lalrampari, Karthika A, Sangita Basfore, Manisha, Nongmathem Ratanbala Devi, Ritu Rani, Soni Behera, Sumithra Kamaraj.
Forwards: Anju Tamang, Renu, Heigrujam Daya Devi, Dangmei Grace, Karishma P Shirvoikar, Ngangom Bala Devi, Sharda Kumari.
Head Coach: Maymol Rocky.