Indian women's U-17 team face Italy test in tournament opener
(Courtesy : AIFF Media)
The young Blue Tigresses will also play Chile and Mexico in the coming days.
The Indian U-17 women’s team will take on hosts Italy in their first match of the 6th Torneo Female Football Tournament which is set to kick off on Wednesday ( June 22, 2022,) at IST 10 pm in the Gradisca d'lsonzo stadium, Italy.
After their preparatory camp in Jamshedpur, the tournament will serve as part of its preparation for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that is set to be held from October 11, 2022. Indian women's U-17 team head coach Thomas Dennerby is confident and believes his team will perform well.
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“The preparation has been good. We have worked a lot on the strength and conditioning, as well as the technical part. It is a step-by-step process, which is getting better. The players are adapting with each day, and they understand how we need to play in, and against different styles. This is the first real game the girls will play. Hopefully, we will have a good game,” Dennerby stated.
“I have been with the team for a while, and we have been training at a good pace. I hope we find a good way to handle every situation as a team, rather than an individual,” he added.
Speaking about the opposition, Dennerby said, “We are playing Italy, and it is bound to be a tough game. The only expectation is to have a good performance. I am not thinking about the result, I want to see how the team develops.”
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“I have respect for the opponents, and this is a really good start for the team. It will show us the work we need to build on until the World Cup starts in October.”
Apart from India and Italy, the tournament will also feature Chile and Mexico. The match will be live-streamed on the Female Football Tournament Facebook Page.
India's squad for the tournament
Goalkeepers: Monalisa Devi, Hempriya Seram, Keisham Melody Chanu.Defenders: Astam Oraon, Kajal, Bhumika Mane, Naketa, Purnima Kumari, Shubhangi Singh, Sudha Ankita Tirkey, Varshika.Midfielders: Babina Devi, Gladys Zonunsangi, Misha Bhandari, Pinku Devi, Nitu Linda, Shailja.Forwards: Anita Kumari, Kajol Dzouza, Neha, Rejiya Devi Laishram, Shelia Devi, Lynda Kom Serto.
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