The Indian women’s football team will play against Uzbekistan as part of its preparation for the AFC Asian Cup 2022 qualifiers.
Indian women’s football team finished their COTIF Cup race on third position recently. The two matches will be played at Yakkasary Stadium, Tashkent on August 29 and September 2.
The head coach of Indian women’s football, Maymol Rocky said, “The exposure for the team has been unprecedented, and valuable. Playing against so many international opponents does wonders. The players have more self-belief at the moment as they have now adept in playing against a variety of oppositions. It has improved the players, both on and off the pitch.”
At the start of the year, Indian team played two away friendlies against Hong Kong and Indonesia, which were followed by the inaugural Hero Gold Cup that took place in Bhubaneswar, where they took on Myanmar, Nepal and Iran.
Afterwards, the team competed against Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Romania and Kazakhstan in the Turkis Women’s Cup.
The Indian team traveled to Nepal last March and successfully defended the SAFF Women’s Championship title, defeating the hosts 3-1 in the final. In the 2020 Olympic Qualifiers, the team defeated Indonesia and Nepal before playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw against hosts Myanmar to bow out on goal difference.
The head coach described the forthcoming double-header in Uzbeskistan as a ‘good opportunity’ to see where the team stands. He commented, “With the qualifiers for the AFC Women’s Asia Cup 2022 coming cup, the matches against Uzbekistan will be an important step in our preparation. After the COTIF cup, the girls are raring to go. They look fresh. There are a few new players who have been called up. So, we are looking forward to getting them to see how they perform.”
Source: News Agencies