CG Girl Selected for SAFF; India Arrives in Nepal

Story Highlights
  • Kiran Pidsa selected for SAFF Women’s Championship 2022.
  • SAFF Women’s Championship begins in Nepal from Sept 7th.
  • Kiran received training at Girls Football Academy.

Raipur: CGs Kiran Pidsa has been selected in the Indian Football team for South Asian Football Championship 2022 scheduled in Nepal.

Kiran, a resident of Balod has received training at the Girls Football Academy by Football Instructor Sarita Kujur Toppo at the Sports Department of Swami Vivekananda Stadium Raipur.

India in Group A dubbed as ‘Blue Tigresses’, the Indian women’s national football team arrived in the Nepalese capital on Saturday for the SAFF Women’s Championship which starts next week.

The defending champions were welcomed by officials from the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) at the Tribhuwan International Airport. The Indian team have been clubbed in Group A alongside Pakistan, Maldives and Bangladesh.

“We are really excited. Previously we had to face some problems in recent weeks, we didn’t have enough time for the preparations but we were fully focused on the timeframe that we got and we now are ready for the tournament,” Ashalata Devi, the captain of the defending team said in a press briefing after arriving at Kathmandu’s International Airport.

The 23-players squad consists of Aditi Chauhan, Maibam Linthoingambi Devi, Sowmiya Narayanasamy as goalkeepers. Followed by Sweety Devi, Ritu Rani, Ashalata Devi, RanjanaChanu, Manisa Panna, Michel Castanha, Juli Kishan, and Santosh as defenders.

Anju Tamang, Priyangka Devi, Martina Thokchom, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Kashmina, Ratanbala Devi are the mid-fielders while Dular Marandi, Apurna Narzary, Soumya Guguloth, Renu, Kiran Pisda, Dangmei Grace are forwards

India faces Pakistan on September 7, followed by the Maldives on September 10 and Bangladesh on September 13. All matches will be played at the Dashrath Stadium, Kathmandu, Nepal.

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