India’s women’s football team set for friendly match against Egypt on Wednesday

The national team was forced to withdraw from the group stage of the AFC Asian Cup, which India hosted in January-February, after failing to field a team due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in his bio-bubble in Mumbai.

Indian women’s soccer team during training. Image courtesy: twitter.com/IndianFootball

India’s women’s football team returns to action for the first time after the Asian Cup debacle earlier this year with an international friendly against lower-ranked Egypt here on Wednesday.

The national team was forced to withdraw from the group stage of the AFC Asian Cup, which India hosted in January-February, after failing to field a team due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in his bio-bubble in Mumbai.

The match against 95th-ranked Egypt at Prince Mohammed Stadium will be the first time they play after that disappointment. The team hoped to qualify for the 2023 FIFA World Cup from the Asian Cup.

The Indian team is currently ranked 59th in the world. India women’s head coach Thomas Dennerby believes a good performance after a break will be important for the team.

“It promises to be a good game, against Egypt, and all the girls feel ready to get back on the pitch once again,” Dennerby said.

“We have a lot of respect for all our opponents, but that doesn’t change our approach to any game. We always want to put in a good performance and play to win.”

Captain and centre-back Ashalata Devi said the players were excited to play international games again and a brief camp in Goa helped the team solidify.

“It feels good to be back in national colors after a short break. We are all fired up and ready to go,” Ashalata said.

“We had a good camp in Goa, and that helped us assess ourselves before going for the two matches. Let’s hope for the best.”

India will face hosts Jordan, ranked 63rd, in their second friendly match on Friday.

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