Mandalay, (Myanmar) Apr 7 : It will be a do or die situation for India senior women’s national team when they take on Myanmar in their last group league match on Tuesday.
Captain Ashalata Devi admits the “match will be tough,” but maintains that “easy was never an option.”
'It's always difficult to play against the host team. When you think that it is a crucial fight, the situation becomes even more tense, but we have waited long enough for this match. We will present a tough a fight. The team is positive. Match will be tough but easy wasn't an option," said Ashalata.
Myanmar are one of the best women’s teams in Asia. But like any other team, they have their strengths, and weaknesses. We have to play to our strength, and their weaknesses.
'The last two matches were very close encounters where either team could have won. But this gives us all the more motivation, and fuels us with a sort of vengeance. Anything is possible. In all our 14 international matches building up to this moment, we have been preparing for this moment, the next 90 minutes against Myanmar.' she added.
'We played the Olympic Qualifiers Round 1 in Yangon, and now are playing the Round 2 in Mandalay. The confidence started building up from Round 1 itself, and we are confident of getting past Round 2. The team possess the ability to stun some of the best teams in Asia, and we have shown that constantly be it in the Hero Gold Cup, or the Turkish Women’s Cup, and the SAFF Championship,' she said on the possibility of reaching round three from qualifying round two.
While commenting on the selection of the young players, she said, 'The younger players have taken up a much more mature role. Not only off the field, but on the field as well -- their football indicates maturity. The team has a young core, and these young players could very well go on to become the mainstay in years to come for us. Their relentless energy is a boon on the pitch,' (UNI)