Not taking Malaysia lightly, says Maymol Rocky

The Indian women's football team will lock horns with Malaysia in the International Friendly on Monday at the MP Selayang Stadium.

Pointing at Captain Bala Devi, sitting next, Indian coach - Maymol - said: ''She has a habit of scoring goals in almost every match.''   -  AIFF MEDIA

"Discipline” stays the key word under Head Coach Maymol Rocky as the Indian Women’s Team gears up to take on Malaysia in the International Friendly on Monday at the MP Selayang Stadium.

“We have introduced fines in this camp. Whenever someone commits any wrong, she is fined,” Maymol, the first ever Indian woman coach in charge of the Senior Women's Team said.

“Imparting discipline within the squad stayed a priority. Unless you get the pinch, you never learn,” she added.

The girls don’t mind it as they understand “it's for a cause.”

Defender Dalima Chhibber, former Captain Indian U-19 Women’s Team smiles. “It unites us. The team bonding becomes better. It makes you more disciplined," she said while adding that, "It’s fun, but at the same time, it pinches your pocket. It’s up to us to avoid the fines."

Keeping in tune with not taking things lightly off the field, Maymol wants the same kind of a smooth transition when the girls play on Monday. “We won't be taking them lightly. They are a strong side. Once you are complacent, you will pay the price,” you had to agree with Maymol. “They are playing at home. It's a big stadium. It's advantage Malaysia.”

The Indian squad is a conglomeration of exuberant youth and experience.“Around 10 players have come up the ranks through the age groups. The average age of the side has gone down considerably. Barring around three, all the rest are below 25,” the coach informs.

At the Official press conference, Maymol wasn't much willing to read into the FIFA Rankings. ''Not that we are a weak Team. But I never go into FIFA Rankings. We are aware of the development made by Malaysia. But we are confident as a Team,'' she said.

Pointing at Captain Bala Devi, sitting next, Maymol further stated: ''She has a habit of scoring goals in almost every match.''

Meanwhile, the Indian skipper highlighted the significance of team work. ''It's not about who scores as long as we score. We have specific roles assigned to us and we need to execute it to perfection."

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