Indian women’s U-17 football team to train in Kalyani

Coach Alex Ambrose says the 10-day camp will offer the girls gametime and help the coaching staff better gauge the talent at their disposal.

The Indian U-17 women’s team has been in a camp for the last four months and after a brief break, the players will assemble in Kalyani on November 9.   -  AIFF MEDIA

The India U-17 women's football team will undergo a 10-day camp in Kalyani, West Bengal in the second week of November as part of its preparation for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup to be held in the country.

The Indian side has already been in the camp for the last four months and after a brief break, the players will assemble here on November 9. The probables in the camp will be divided into four different teams to play each other in the round-robin format on November 11, 13, and 15.

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Coach Alex Ambrose, who had led India to the SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship 2019 title last month, believes these matches will help the coaching staff gauge the talent pool.

“The tournament in Kalyani will open up a lot of avenues for us. We have already had a set bunch of players for four months now but this will allow us to take a look at other players as well,” he said.

“This is the future of women’s football in India, and we need to build them up in the best possible manner, in order to further improve,” Ambrose added.

The coach also said that the 10 days in Kalyani will be crucial for those girls who did not get much game-time in the previous exposure tours or in the SAFF U-15 Championship.

“Also, for the girls who did not get much match-time in the exposure tours or in the U-15 SAFF Championship, it is a good opportunity to show what they have got.”

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