AIFF Media Team
NEW DELHI: After winning the SAFF U-15 Championship in Bhutan, the Indian U-16 National Team look to secure qualification in the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers for Women’s which kicks-off on September 15, 2018 in Mongolia.
India have been drawn in Group B of the qualifiers alongside the hosts Mongolia, Pakistan, Hong Kong and Laos and face Hong Kong in their opening clash on September 15, 2018.
Ahead of the Qualifiers, Head Coach of the Indian U-16s Firmin D’Souza sounded confident. “Our girls know this tournament has been one of the greatest hurdles India has faced in the past and are eager to face it in an effort to get past it and create history”
“The team is certainly confident after winning the SAFF U15 Championship 2018. Every match is going to be a different challenge and we should have answers to all of them”
For the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers, the Indian Women camped for a fortnight in the capital and will depart Indian shores on September 12, 2018. “It has been 14 days of gruelling hardwork to prepare for this journey and we hope to make every Indian proud with the brand of Football we will play in Mongolia”, added Firmin.
The list of the players selected for the AFC U-16 Championship Qualifiers follows below:
GOALKEEPERS: Anshika, Manisha, Anjali Barke.
DEFENDERS: Ritu Devi, Naorem Devi, Kavita, Sarita Soreng, Arya Sree, Jyoti Kumari, Pinku Devi.
MIDFIELDERS: Priyanka Sujeesh, Avika Singh, Poonam, Kiran, Nisha, Kritina Devi, Varsha, Lynda Kom.
FORWARDS: Anju, Mmehak Lobo, Sunita Munda, H.Shilky Devi, Vunglawmching.
HEAD COACH: Firmin D’Souza
GROUP B of AFC U-16 Women’s Championship Qualifiers: Laos, India, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Mongolia
Fixtures for AFC U-16 Women's Championship Qualifiers are mentioned below:
SEPTEMBER 15: Hong Kong vs India
Mongolia vs Pakistan
SEPTEMBER 17: Pakistan vs Laos
Mongolia vs Hong Kong
SEPTEMBER 19: Laos vs Mongolia
India vs Pakistan
SEPTEMBER 21: India vs Mongolia
Hong Kong vs Laos
SEPTEMBER 23: Pakistan vs Hong Kong
Laos vs India
Posted on : Saturday September 08, 2018