Hockey India announce 9-member squad for FIH Hockey 5s
Two additional standby players have been announced by the selectors.
Hockey India named a nine-member Indian Women’s Hockey Team who will represent the country in the inaugural edition of the FIH Hockey 5s to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland from 4th to 5th June 2022. The Indian Women’s team will play Uruguay, Poland, South Africa, and hosts Switzerland.
Hockey India will have the Indian team Captained by Rajani Etimarpu. Mahima Choudhary will shoulder the responsibility as the Vice-Captain. The team includes experienced goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu, defenders Rashmita Minz, and Ajmina Kujur. Midfielders Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke, Mahima Choudhary and Preeti have been called up, while forwards Mariana Kujur, and Mumtaz Khan, who were part of the U-18 team that played the Youth Olympics which was held in Hockey 5s format, and Rutaja Dadaso Pisal will feature in the team.
Additionally, Suman Devi Thoudam and Rajwinder Kaur have been named as standbys.
Chief Coach Janneke Schopman, who will accompany the team, expressed excitement ahead of her first outing at the Hockey 5s event. “I have never coached Hockey 5’s in an official tournament so it will be interesting experience for me. We have picked a team with variety.
Plenty of young talent who proved themselves in the Junior World Cup and I am keen to see them play in this format combined with players from the Senior Core Group,” stated Schopman.
Team list announced by Hockey India:
1. Rajani Etimarpu (Captain)
2. Rashmita Minz
3. Ajmina Kujur
4. Vaishnavi Vitthal Phalke
5. Mahima Choudhary (Vice-Captain)
7. Mariana Kujur
8. Mumtaz Khan
9. Rutaja Dadaso Pisal
1. Suman Devi Thoudam
2. Rajwinder Kaur