AIFF( All India Football Federation) met women’s national team in Delhi on Tuesday. Prafulla Patel, the president of All India Football federation extolled the women team saying, “All India Football Federation is extremely proud of you. I am very proud of you. The entire country is very proud of you.”
AIFF met the women’s team during an official meet. The team is currently training in Delhi for preparation of the Cotif Cup later this month, and also the AFC Qualifiers scheduled later.
Prafulla Patell added more, “We have been focusing a lot on women’s football in our effort to bring glory to the sport. We know that one can’t improve without sufficient exposure. Hence, we have been stressing on exposure tours for the team. Till the time you play better teams, one can’t improve.”
Since January 2019, the Indian Senior Women’s National Team have been to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Turkey for exposure tours, and went into the AFC Olypmpic Qualifiers round 2 on back of experience of having played 15 international matches in less than three months. The women also successfully defended their Women’s Senior SAFF championship crown, and will now head to the Cotif Cup having played 18 international matches.
Ashlata Devi who was crowned as the AIFF women layer of the year 2018-19 expressed her gratitude for all the support.
Patel explained more, “The u-17 women’s world cup will be a significant step to improve women’s football in India. You need to remember the players who will play in the world cup idolize you, and look up to you. It is you who inspire them.”
Former Indian National Team Captain, and currently director, National team’s Abhishek Yadav felt the ‘women’s team came a long way.”