Alex Ambrose: Experience can help India under-17s become formidable

The head coach of the India under-17 women's team feels the experience and learning to adapt to different game situations can help the girls become formidable as a unit.

Alex Ambrose takes charge of a training session ahead of the match against Citizen AA on Thursday.   -  AIFF Media

According to the head coach Alex Ambrose, leading to play in different condition and match situations will help develop the India U-17 women’s team to become a “formidable unit”. 

The Indian girls have produced great results against Hong Kong U-23 and Tai Po FC, winning their matches 5-1 and 4-0 respectively. 

“It’s good to have positive results when you work hard. We have been trying different systems in the team, and the idea is about creating chances and converting them. It’s not about the score lines, but about how the players understand the game,” Ambrose said ahead of the side’s clash against Citizen AA in Hong Kong on Thursday.

“The team is shaping up well, and it’s all about the experience they get from here. I think in the time to come, this team can really grow into a formidable side,” he added.

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Ambrose, who has used the two matches to try different combinations, believes that the team’s development charts are moving up steadily with the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in mind.

“It’s good that we have changes within the team during the matches. The way that they have adapted makes us feel good that the girls are developing,” said Ambrose. “What’s really good with these players is that they are open to experiments, and they’re always up for a challenge.” 

While the first two games were played in the space of three days, the 37-year-old believes that the schedule will help the girls learn how to recover after tough games. 

“We played two hard games in the space of three days. The few days’ gap that we had was very important for the girls to rest and recover. We are going to play another two games in three days. This is an important step for the girls on understanding how to recover from difficult games,” said Ambrose.

The games may have come thick and fast, but the two thumping wins have proved to be huge positives for the girls, who will now head into the game against Citizen AA in high spirits. The match kicks off at 3 pm IST on Thursday.

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