Maymol Rocky selects young squad for national camp

The squad began preparing for the 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament at a national camp in Mumbai from Thursday.

The women's senior team has begun preparations for the 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament which will be held in Myanmar from November 8-13.   -  Twitter @IndianFootball

The national camp for senior women's squad for the upcoming 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament began at the Father Agnel Technical Education Complex in Mumbai on Thursday. Coach Maymol Rocky has opted for a young squad to play the qualifiers in Myanmar from November 8-13.

"We have opted to call up a number of youngsters for the national camp this time around," said head coach Maymol Rocky, before adding, "For some of them, this will be the first time with the senior national team."

"The team is full of young players. We have two senior names in the form of Bala Devi and Kamala Devi, while the rest of the players are mostly on the younger side. I have a lot of faith in the abilities of these young girls, who I feel can bring a lot to the table for the team," she said. 

A total of 18 teams will compete in the first round of the Olympic qualifiers with 10 teams progressing to the next round. The Indian team will play three matches in Group C, where it has been drawn against host Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh.

The Indian eves open their campaign against Nepal on November 8, followed by Bangladesh on November 11 and Myanmar on November 13. All three matches will be held at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon.

The squad (for the camp):

GOALKEEPERS: E. Panthoi Chanu, Aditi Chauhan, O. Roshni Devi, M. Linthoingambi Devi

DEFENDERS: L. Ashalata Devi, Manisha Panna, Dalima Chhibber, Ng. Sweety Devi, Purnima Linda, Ravina Yadav, W. Ranjibala Devi, W. Linthoingambi Devi

MIDFIELDERS: Sangita Basfore, Sanju Yadav, Indumathi Kathiresan, Ksh. Margaret Devi, S. Ranjana Chanu

FORWARDS: Y. Kamala Devi, Anju Tamang, N. Ratanbala Devi, Ng. Bala Devi, Dangmei Grace, Pyari Xaxa, R. Sandhiya Ranganathan, Jyoti Couhan

HEAD COACH: Maymol Rocky