The Indian women’s team is all geared up to play Nepal here on Thursday in its first match of the 2020 AFC Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Asked about her thoughts at the fixtures ahead, the coach said, “I feel we have got a favourable set of matches as our first two games are against familiar opponents (Nepal and Bangladesh) and we play the host in our last match. In such tournaments, how you start the competition is really important and the Nepal game will be extremely crucial for us to gather the much-required momentum.”
The coach said the Mumbai camp was a fruitful one, helping the newcomers to gel with the rest of the squad. “All the girls responded to my instructions and applied themselves well. Even the girls who were not selected in the final team also grew as players.”