2020 AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament: Sanju Yadav upbeat about India’s prospects

The training camp for the tourney, which begins on Sunday, has been “very good,” says the 21-year-old midfielder.

Sanju Yadav..."It has been a wonderful journey so far with the national team." Photo: Special Arrangement

Twenty-one-year-old midfielder Sanju Yadav is upbeat about the Indian women’s team’s chances of clearing the first hurdle of the Olympic qualifiers at the 2020 AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Myanmar.

Coach Maymol Rocky has opted for a young squad, which is training in earnest in Mumbai for the upcoming tourney.

Talking to the-aiff.com about the challenge that lies ahead in Yangon, Sanju said, “The camp has been very good so far and the atmosphere within the team is great. The new girls, who have been included in the squad for the first time, are also responding well and will add more quality to the side.”

“We will give our all to qualify. Our aim is to make it to the next round and for that we have to win our first two matches,” she added.

‘Wonderful journey’

Sanju has been a part of the senior national team ranks since 2016. She was a part of the Indian team that won gold at the 2016 South Asian Games and was named the AIFF Emerging Player of the Year that year. “I just want to give my best for my country,” Sanju said. “It has been a wonderful journey so far with the national team and wearing the Indian jersey is a feeling that is truly special,” she added.

India plays its first match on November 8 against Nepal.

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