International Football: India beats UAE 4-1 at Dubai Friendlies
India vs UAE friendly match

The Indian Women’s National Football Team beat UAE at the Friendlies match last night, announced the All India Football Federation on Twitter.

The match was held on Saturday at 9:30 PM IST at the UAE FA stadium in Dubai. India won with 4 goals scored by Manisha Kalyan, Pyari Xaxa, Sweety Devi and Anju Tamang, against the UAE team’s 1 goal.

The Indian team headed by Capt. Ashalata Devi had been practising heavily under Swedish coach Thomas Dennerby. The team had been training at a camp in Jamshedpur since mid-August. Over the years, Dennerby has successfully trained the Nigerian and Swedish women’s teams to victory. He is also the coach of the Indian Women’s U-17 team but is temporarily coaching the Senior Women’s team till the Asia Cup next year. Meanwhile, the U-17 women’s team is training under Assistant Coach Alex Ambrose who is working in close coordination with Dennerby.

The match in Dubai was held privately, and the official accounts of the Indian Football Team were silent during the course of the match. During this period, football fans enquired on social media why the AIFF account was not posting updates of the match. Women’s Football India tweeted, “There is not going to be a telecast due to restrictions in UAE (unclear what this means at the moment).”

By the first half of the match at around 10:30 PM, Marcus Melguhao tweeted that India was leading by 2-0. Melguhao is the sports editor at the Times of India. By the second half, India was leading by 3-1, and eventually winning with 4 goals against 1. This was finally confirmed by the official AIFF Twitter account.

India will next play a friendly against Tunisia on Monday. Then they will fly to Bahrain where they will play against Bahrain on October 10. This will be followed by a match against Chinese Taipei on October 14. The series of friendly matches are in preparation for the Indian team at the AFC Women’s Asia Cup next year.

The Women’s Asia Cup will be held in 2022 from 20th January to 6th February. India will be hosting the tournament for the first time since 1979. The matches are being planned to be held in Mumbai and Pune. The qualifying games have already been held, and countries that have qualified for the Cup include China, South Korea, Iran and Indonesia. India automatically qualifies for the big event due to being the host country.

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