Six women from Manipur have made it to the Indian National Football Team which will be playing matches in UAE at the upcoming AFC Women Asia Cup.

The Manipur players will be playing as a part of a 23 member women’s squad at the tournament.

Squad roles

Goalkeepers: Maibam Linthoingambi Devi

Defenders: Sweety Devi, Ashalata Devi, Ranjana Chanu

Midfielders: Martina Thokchom.

Forwards: Dangmei Grace

To make the announcement, Manipur minister Thongam Biswajit Singh tweeted, “Proud moment for #Manipur! Six women Footballers got selected to the Indian Women National Football Team, for the upcoming AFC Women Asia Cup. Best wishes to them!”

The Indian Women’s Team safely reached Dubai, UAE on Thursday, for upcoming matches in the UAE and Bahrain, which commence on October 2.

These friendlies have been planned as part of the team’s preparation for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which is set to take place in India next year. The Indian Women’s Team has been camping in Jamshedpur with help from the Government of Jharkhand, read a report by the All India Football Federation.

“The girls are all excited to be getting some match time for our Asian Cup preparation. We have trained hard for the last month in Jamshedpur, and now we are ready to test ourselves against some tough opponents,” said Head Coach Thomas Dennerby.

The 23-member squad travelled from Jamshedpur to New Delhi and boarded a flight to Dubai along with their support staff.

The Indian Women’s Team will play two friendlies against the United Arab Emirates on october 1 and Tunisia on October 4. The team will then travel to Bahrain, where they will face Bahrain on October 10 and Chinese Taipei on October 13.

Also read: FIFA World Cup qualifiers: 6 from Manipur selected for Indian team

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