Indian women's football team
Indian women's football team

2020 AFC Olympics: Indian eves confident of clearing round one, says coach

ANI | Updated: Oct 29, 2018 22:59 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct 29 (ANI): Indian Women's football coach Maymol Rocky is hopeful of the team clearing the first round of the upcoming 2020 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the first time in history.
"We definitely have a good chance of qualifying. We cannot be complacent as that will bring about our own downfall. The confidence gained from our exposure tour to Spain was immense. The girls are motivated and confident at the same time. So far, we have never qualified for any subsequent round of the Olympic qualifiers. Hence, it’s a big event for us,” Maymol echoed.
India will travel to Myanmar to take on the hosts, along with neighbours Nepal and Bangladesh for three Group C games. The top two teams will be making it to the second round along with two best third-placed teams across the four groups.
The matches will be held at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon from November 8-13, and according to Maymol, the Indian team has a good chance of advancing into the next round.
Maymol is currently working hard with the girls in the preparatory camp in Mumbai where 25 girls have been summoned.
“Defensively, we have been good and thus, we are working on a lot of attacking aspects in the camp along with specific defensive drills,” the Coach stated.
She also mentioned about infusing some new blood into the squad.
"Some new players have been working very hard and its time they get their much-deserved chance,” she informed.
India will face Nepal in their opening match on November 8 followed by Bangladesh on November 11 and hosts Myanmar two days later on November 13. (ANI)