Indian women’s football team head coach Thomas Dennerby has named the list of final 23 registered players for the forthcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup which is set to take place in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune from January 20 onwards.
The players and support staff, who have already been camping in Kochi, Kerala, since the team’s return from Brazil, will fly out to Mumbai on Thursday, January 13, 2021.
India have been drawn against IR Iran, Chinese Taipei and China PR in Group A of the competition that consists of 12 teams.
With as many as 15 players under the age of 25, Dennerby believes that “the youngsters and the experienced bunch can help each other out, both on and off the pitch.”
“We have a good bunch of young players, and some experienced heads too. The young ones are hungry to prove themselves, so that brings in a good level of energy and healthy competition for places,” Dennerby averred. “But it also works the other way round -- as the experienced players can guide the young ones in different things both on and off the pitch.”
The coach also maintained that the team is approaching “one game at a time.”
“If you start thinking too much about permutations and combinations, that can take a toll on the way you play the game. The coaches can do all the thinking that we can, but for the players, it’s all about going out there and playing well on the day. Football is a ‘beautiful game,’ and you need to live in the moment to play it well,” he said.
Indian women's football team for AFC Women’s Asian Cup:
GOALKEEPERS: Aditi Chauhan, Maibam Linthoingambi Devi, Sowmiya Narayanasamy
DEFENDERS: Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi Ngangbam, Ritu Rani, Loitongbam Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Hemam Shilky Devi, Sanju Yadav
MIDFIELDERS: Yumnam Kamala Devi, Anju Tamang, Karthika Angamuthu, Nongmeithem Ratanbala Devi, Naorem Priyangka Devi, Indumathi Kathiresan
FORWARDS: Manisha Kalyan, Grace Dangmei, Pyari Xaxa, Renu, Sumati Kumari, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Mariyammal Balamurugan
HEAD COACH: Thomas Dennerby
India’s fixtures in Group A of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022:
January 20: India vs Iran
January 23: Chinese Taipei vs India
January 26: India vs China PR
Featured photo: AIFF