India will put up fantastic show in U-17 World Cup: Aditi Chauhan
Star India women’s football team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan feels that the under-17 team is not short on preparation for the upcoming World Cup despite the absence of senior nationals in the country since 2019. India organised its last U-17 National Championships in April 2019 before the coronavirus outbreak upset all plans. But Aditi feels the Indian team is on the right track and would be one of the sides to watch out for in the U-17 Women’s World Cup. “This group has been preparing for this moment for quite some time,” Chauhan said in an interview to PTI from Bhubaneswar. “They’ve been getting regular match time and training regularly and hopefully, they’ll be able to gain more exposure and play more friendlies before the World Cup. “I am confident that they will put on a fantastic performance in front of their home crowd at the World Cup. “I think India has a lot of potential in their U-17 squad and I have been lucky to play with a few of them.
The tournament is slated from October 17-30 in the five cities of Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, Guwahati, Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai. “The U-17 World Cup is going to be a huge opportunity for our girls to play and compete against the best in the world. “It is important that we put on a good display because all eyes will be on our team from across the world. “We can demonstrate that women’s football in India is progressing on the right path by doing better here,” she added. In April last year, Aditi became the second Indian woman player after Bala Dev to ply her trade outside India, when she signed a one-year deal with Iceland’s third division club Hamar Hveragerði women’s team. “We’ve also witnessed the standard of football in other nations by playing against them on a regular basis, and it’s fair to say we’re not that far behind. “Of course we need to improve our game, but the differences are little.
The Gokulam Kerala goalkeeper’s sole focus now is on their Thursday’s title-deciding clash against Sethu in the Indian Women’s League. Gokulam Kerala will have a chance to follow their men’s team when they face the Madurai outfit in a winner-takes-it-all final round clash at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. “For us, we have to be at our best and give our 100% to win this league. “And, I trust all the players, coaching staff and management that we will do whatever it takes to win the league,” she said. The Kerala outfit has the best striker duo of Ghanaian recruit Elshaddai Acheampong and Manisha Kalyan who lead the scoring charts with a massive 32 goals between them.
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