Indian womens to face Uzbekistan in away friendlies
by Shubham Sharma
Tashkent: The Indian senior women's national team departed for Uzbekistan on Tuesday to play a couple of international friendlies against the home side here. India is set to play the first match on August 30, while the second match is slated for September 2.
The women's squad left for the Central Asian nation at the back of a camp in New Delhi starting from August 20. Women's team head coach Maymol Rocky stated the team is in top condition ahead of their next challenge.
"The camp in Delhi was a highly successful one," she stated. "All the girls came in refreshed after a small break, and put their best foot forward in each and every session. I am happy with everyone's commitment, and performance. We are in prime condition to take on Uzbekistan," she further added.
Uzbekistan Women's team are currently ranked 44 in the FIFA Ranking while India are ranked 57th. The last time these two teams locked horns was in February earlier this year in the Turkish Women's Cup, which ended in a solitary goal loss for Indian team.
"It was a really hard-fought match against Uzbekistan. They are a strong team but we will fight to win," Maymol mentioned, before adding: "The latest test will help us see where we stand and the whole team is looking forward to giving their 100 percent."
Midfielder Sangita Basfore, who captained the side against Uzbekistan in Turkey in that fixture, said that both teams are equally good.
"In the last match, we fought hard against Uzbekistan and created many chances. But they had the last laugh. I would say that both sides are equal and well-matched. We hope we can continue our positive run and give a good account of ourselves," she concluded.