Jamshedpur, August 22 (IANS) Indian women’s soccer team winger Sanju Yadav said on Sunday that her side had a “massive task” on hand as it prepared for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, to be held in India from January 2022 onwards.
The Indian women’s team has gathered here for its preparatory camp leading up to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, and Sanju said she was “excited” to be back in camp after a long injury hiatus.
“Being back in camp feels absolutely amazing. Personally, I am even more elated as I am back after a long injury. But we are all aware of the massive task that awaits us, to get ready for the Asian Cup, ”said Sanju.
“Everyone is motivated, and our new coach Thomas Dennerby has also been very helpful on and off the field. He has experience in coaching at the highest level, and we all look forward to learning as much as possible from him, ”she added.
Indian women’s team captain Ashalata Devi said: “Remembering the current pandemic situation in the world, it is not easy to set up such camps for sporting events. We are extremely grateful that the Jharkhand Government and the AIFF (All India Football Federation) have joined forces to host this camp for the team. We can only hope to move forward together in our preparation for the Asian Cup. ”
The Indian women had previously traveled twice for international exposure tours in Turkey and Uzbekistan, where they played similar Uzbekistan, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and other teams earlier in the year.
The women’s team has a new head coach in Thomas Dennerby. Dennerby has over 30 years of experience in coaching several national teams with great success. The UEFA Pro Diploma holder had guided Sweden’s women’s national team to a third place finish in the FIFA World Cup in 2011 and a quarter-final at the 2012 London Olympics.
He also served as the head coach of the Nigerian women’s national team, where he coached the Super Falcons for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019. He also helped the Nigerian women win the AWCON Award 2018 and was awarded the ‘2018 Coach of the Year’ in Nigeria.
Midfielder Sangita Basfore feels that the women’s team is “one big family”.
“We are like one big family. We can now shift focus to prepare for the Asian Cup and I can guarantee that everyone is very motivated. We are all very grateful to the Jharkhand Government for hosting us in Jamshedpur, ”said Sangita.