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Indian Women’s football team player Grace Dangmei says playing against Uzbekistan was a lesson

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The Indian women’s football team has a big tournament that will take place next year. India is set to host the AFC 2022 Asian Women’s Cup, with the team qualifying for the continental tournament as hosts. As an important opportunity for the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and the team, the women will have a major task in hand against the best teams in Asia. 

Before the big test of the Asian Cup, the Indian team participated in two exhibitions this year – the Turkish Women’s Cup and some friendly matches in Uzbekistan. India lost all five matches played in these two tournaments, the most difficult defeat being 8–0 against Russia. Grace Dangmei, the right-hand side of the Indian women’s football team, however, sees the matches against Russia as excellent for the experience.

“On our trip to Turkey, we were fortunate to play a World Cup team like Russia. By playing against them, we know our weaknesses, where we need to improve, what we lack, what will help us in the future. Playing against the top team in Uzbekistan was also a learning process for us. We need to improve many things individually and as a team.”

Despite that encouraging performance, everything was shattered as India embarked on a high note in the second game of the tour against Belarus, but once the European nation took control of the proceedings, India did not regain it. Indian players sometimes ran aimlessly behind the ball, had a severe lack of sense of position, played football with problems and lacked control of the field.

Even if FIFA rankings are followed, India is ranked 57th in the world and 11th in Asia. Japan’s women’s national team is the World Cup winner, while Australia has one of the world’s best players Sam Kerr. Apart from the famous Asian football nations, small countries like Vietnam and Thailand are far ahead of India.

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Rupal Purohit
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