Indumathi dropped as Maymol Rocky names squad for Uzbekistan friendlies

The Indian women's national team will play two friendlies against Uzbekistan as part of preparations for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2022 qualifiers.

The friendlies against Uzbekistan will be a good opportunity to see where the team stands ahead of the Asian Cup 2022 Qualifiers coming up, says Maymol Rocky.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Indian women's national team head coach Maymol Rocky named a 23-member squad for India's upcoming friendlies against Uzbekistan as part of its preparations for the AFC Asian Cup 2022 qualifiers.

Six players were released from the initial 29-member squad which took part in the preparatory camp in New Delhi.

Goalkeeper Archana A., defenders Michel M. Castanha, Shruti Keramal, Samiksha A., midfielder Indumathi Kathiresan and forward Anushka Samuel were released.

Bala Devi, who was reportedly among the seven Manipuri footballers boycotting the national team over differences with coach Maymol Rocky and assistant Choaba Devi, continued to be included in the squad.

Sandiya Ranganathan, who was one of the notable absentees in the squad for the COTIF Cup, wherein the Indian women finished third, returned to the team.

India will play against Uzbekistan on August 29 and September 2 at the Yakkasary Stadium, Tashkent.

The 23-member squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: M. Linthoigambi Devi, Aditi Chauhan, Sowmiya Narayanasamy, E. Panthoi Chanu

DEFENDERS: Ashalata Devi, Sweety Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Y. Papki Devi, Komal Kumari, Ranjana Chanu

MIDFIELDERS: Sangita Basfore, Sanju Yadav, Manisha, Ritu Rani, Ratanbala Devi, Grace H. Lalrampari

FORWARDS: Anju Tamang, Bala Devi, Dangmei Grace, Renu, Daya Devi, Roja Devi, Sandhiya Ranganathan

HEAD COACH: Maymol Rocky