High on confidence after notching up a double against Bahrain over two International Friendlies in the latter’s own backyard, the Indian Women’s national team reached Ramallah, located in central West Bank, Palestine for the their AFC Women’s Asian Cup Qualifiers starting Tuesday amidst rousing reception.
The 23-member Squad and officials reached the picturesque West Asian country on Sunday afternoon. A large posse of local journalists and photographers mobbed the Team upon their arrival. There was also a decent crowd gathering to watch the SAFF Champions.
“Palestine is a beautiful place and we are overwhelmed by such warm reception. We hope to play good football here and qualify for the Finals. We had two decent games in Bahrain and the girls are motivated. It is a tough Group, one that can be called the Group of Death. We have to put our best foot forward. It is serious business from here on,” national coach Anadi Barua told reporters here.
“This is the most important tournament for us. If we play to our potential we can definitely be that one Team to progress to the next level,” India captain Tuli Goon opined.
Midfielder Amoolya Kamal added: “I feel o proud. We are greeted wonderfully here. Palestine seems a lovely place. At the same time I also feel responsible. The country is pinning their hopes on us. We have to do it for them. This is the most important tournament for us. The wins against Bahrain helped and we are looking forward to carry forward the momentum.”
India open their account against Myanmar on Tuesday followed by Chinese Taipei on Thursday (May 23) and the hosts Palestine on Saturday (May 25).
India are in Group D.
(AIFF Press Release)