A day after etching their names in to the history books, the players and officials of the Tamil Nadu senior women’s team are still in daze. A win in their first ever foray into the final of the Senior Women’s National Football Championship and that too against the mighty Manipur, still ‘feels like a dream’ to them.
“It feels like a dream. I believed in my team but the fact that we have actually won hasn’t sunk in yet”, exclaimed Head Coach M. Muruhuvendan.
Team Captain Nandhini M couldn’t hide her excitement at the fact that she was the one leading the side, “I feel extremely proud that I’m the first ever Captain from Tamil Nadu to lift the Senior Women’s trophy. Manipur is a very dominant side and it’s a very satisfying feeling that we beat them.”
With a more than able striking partner in Indumathi, Nandhini couldn’t have asked for more. “The entire team contributed in this victory but special mention has to go to Indu for being the driving force of the team. She inspired all of us to do better”, she added.
As for Indumathi she stayed ever so humble in the wake of her performances, “They are being too kind. I am what I am because of my team. Good teammates help you in playing better football.”
With the Player of the Final and Tournament awards to her name, it will be hard for her not to be in the limelight but she ably diverts the attention towards her teammates, “Yes, it feels good to be recognized but you can’t score a goal without that perfect pass or get an assist without the finish from your teammate. So it’s a collective effort.”
“Indhrani scored in the semis and the final too, she played as much a part in our win as I did”, acknowledging her teammate.
Indhrani, the shy girl who likes to keep a low profile made her presence felt though as she got the crucial second goal which turned out to be the eventual winner in the final.
“It feels good. I can’t describe it exactly but scoring both the goals especially the one in the final felt really good”, was her response to the feat.