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India vs Belarus: Women’s International Friendly Match Preview

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After a narrow defeat against Uzbekistan, the Indian Women’s National Team are all set to face Belarus at AGMK Stadium in Almalyk Tashkent on 8th April.

The match kicks off at 16:30 IST and its live streaming will be available on the official YouTube channel of the Uzbekistan Football Association.

“The youngsters that are coming in for the team, they will definitely be good, and if they give their 100 per cent, we will definitely be in a better position for the Women’s Asian Championship 2022,” said Maymol Rocky, head coach of the Senior Indian National Team.

Maymol Rocky, head coach of the Senior Indian National Team

India Women’s vs Belarus Women’s: The Match Preview

The Blue Tigresses will be looking forward to bounce back from the defeat against Uzbekistan. India was successful in keeping Uzbekistan at bay for majority of the game but the 87th minute free-kick from Maftuna Shoyimoya sealed the victory for Uzbekistan.

India has the capability of creating scoring opportunities. All they need to do is convert only a few of them into goals, which lacked in the match against Uzbekistan. Belarus ranks 56, while Indian ranks 53 at the moment. However, India’s head coach Maymol Rocky has ruled out any assumptions of considering Belarus weaker.

“Belarus maybe a couple of spots below us on the FIFA Rankings, but they are used to playing against strong European sides, and their level of competition is high. But our girls are getting fully prepared for the game, and I’m sure they will go all out,” said Maymol to AIFF on the eve of Thursday’s friendly match.

India have lost all their three of their previous friendlies against Russia, Serbia and Ukraine in Turkey prior to the defeat against Uzbekistan on the 5th of April. A win against Belarus will give India the much needed boost to step up their trainings for the women’s 2022 AFC Asian Cup.

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The squad looks good and we can expect Indumathi Kathiresan to lead the team again in the year’s second international friendly. Being few of the experienced players, the likes of Aditi Chauhan, Anju Tamang, and Sweety Devi need to take an extra responsibility and lead from the back.

Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan, Sowmiya Narayansamy, M Linthoingambi Devi

Defenders: Jabamani Tudu, Ashalata Devi, Sweety Devi, Ritu Rani, Ranjana Chanu, W Linthoingambi Devi, Kritina Devi, Anju Tamang

Midfielders: Indumathi Kathiresan, Manisha, Sangita Basfore, Martina Thokchom, Pyari Xaxa, Dangmei Grace, Soumya Guguloth

Forwards: Renu, Karishma Purushottam Shirvoikar, Sandhiya Ranganathan, Sumati Kumari, Heigrujam Daya Devi

India vs Belarus: Prediction

India 1-0 Belarus: Considering the strong performance against a much higher ranked Uzbekistan, the Blue Tigresses can be expected to come out victorious against Belarus who are 3 places behind India in the FIFA ranking.

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