Soccer: Indian women ready to counter Uzbekistan

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 03, 2024 IST

Indian Women's Soccer Team

Tashkent (Uzbekistan), June 3: While Indian soccer fans are focussed about legend Sunil Chhetri's farewell international match at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata on June 6, Indian senior women's team is gearing up for fight back on foreign soil.

After losing the first match 0-3, far away from the limelight, the Indian senior women's team is silently getting ready for its next match against Uzbekistan in Tashkent.

Indian women have already encountered a defeat in the first of the two friendly matches, against Uzbekistan. But they don't feel defeated yet. On the eve of the second match on Tuesday, the Blue Tigresses' head coach Langam Chaoba Devi made it clear that she and her wards would be looking forward to dishing out a significantly improved performance against the hosts.

After losing the opening friendly 0-3, India will face Uzbekistan again on Tuesday. The match will kick off at 5.30 p.m. IST at the Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent, and will be live-streamed on the Uzbekistan FA YouTube channel.

Analysing the last match’s performance, head coach, Chaoba said, “The result of the first match was not in our favour, as we made numerous mistakes across various areas in our game. It's clear that we need to make significant improvements ahead of our next match tomorrow.

 “Our primary focus is on our passing, which needs improvement in some areas. Additionally, we have to strengthen our defensive line and improve our finishing to ensure a more effective performance in tomorrow's game,” Chaoba told the-aiff.com from Tashkent.

The Blue Tigresses are keenly aware of the challenges that lie ahead of them. Historically, Uzbekistan have had a dominant record against India, winning nine out of the 12 encounters between the two teams. India so far have managed to secure just one victory, with two matches ending in draws.

Coach Chaoba is aware of the tests that India are to face on Wednesday and has laid down her strategies. “The first match ended in a heavy loss, but it provided us with valuable insights into Uzbekistan's playing style. With this understanding, we have planned our strategies more effectively," she added.

After a tough loss, sometimes it can be challenging to find the motivation to push forward.

However, the coach has a clear and encouraging message for her team. “My message to the team is to stay confident and believe in yourself. By putting in the hard work and showing determination, we can overcome the challenges and deliver a stronger performance tomorrow. Let's focus on what we can control, learn from our mistakes, and make a comeback even stronger. Together, we can achieve a lot more."

Can Indian women win the second friendly encounter against Uzbekistan on their home turf and share honours on Tuesday, would be of paramount interest to coach Langam Chaoba Devi and the players as well. (With IANS support)

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