COTIF Cup: Indian team presented with 'special' trophy

For its 'most sporting manner' in the COTIF Cup, the Indian women's national team was handed a special third-place trophy along with a fair play award.

The Indian team registered two wins and two losses at the tournament in Spain.   -  AIFF Media

Following its impressive performance at the COTIF Cup in Spain, the Indian senior women’s team was presented a special third-place trophy.

Tournament president Eliseu Gómez Tormos handed the trophy, the first of its kind in the tournament, to India at the end of the event.

“The organisation has valued the immense progress made by the Indian women’s team over the last year. They have been a combative side with a warrior spirit that has made the fans here at COTIF fall in love with them,” said Tormos.

“For all this, we have given them the prize for the national team that has behaved in the most sporting manner in the event, and I hope that they can come back here next year and repeat their performance once again in 2020."

India played four matches in the COTIF Cup, out of which it won two (3-1 against Mauritania and 7-0 against Bolivia) and lost two (both 0-2 results against Villarreal and Spain U-19).

By dint of these results, the Indian team got its best finish in the tournament – the third spot, along with the Fair Play award.

“Our performances were much better this time, and the organisers of the tournament took note of that,” said head coach Maymol Rocky. “Even the two matches that we lost against Villarreal and Spain were close encounters, and they really appreciated the improvement we've shown in the last one year.”

“We were awarded the fair play trophy, but there was no specific prize for the third-placed teams. However, the day after the last match, the local organisers presented us with a trophy, and the COTIF President also came over to congratulate us on the massive improvement we have shown,” Rocky said.

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