11/10/2018 5:49:06 PM (GMT+3)

I'm a striker, but I can play in other positions: Ratanbala


NEW DELHI: Indian women footballer Ratanbala Devi, who earned a senior cap in April last year, has become a regular fixture in the squad currently playing at the 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Though the Manipuri is a utility player, Ratanbala said will she has to depend on the team’s requirement to slip into other positions.

“I have played in almost all positions over the years,” said Ratanbala. “My best position is forward, but I will play where ever the coach wants me to.”

The 19-year-old came on as a second-half substitute in midfield in India's opening match against Nepal last week and made an instant difference as she provided much-needed solidity.

“I am happy that Maymol Ma'am backed me to play against Nepal. She asked me to play in midfield,” said Ratanbala.

 It was her fourth appearance in national colours.

“In our village, I used to play football with boys. From there, I started playing for Chaoba ma'am's (assistant coach Chaoba Devi Langam) club in the state and then with KRYPSA,” she added.

The youngster thanked her family for encouraging her to pursue football as a career.

“My parents always supported and encouraged me to do best. My uncle was a former football player. He also offered great help,” added the player.

India drew against Nepal and will now face Bangladesh on Sunday.

“We’ve to learn from our previous match and focus on Bangladesh match. We need to pick up three points,” said Ratanbala.