8/8/2018 3:42:28 PM (GMT+3)

India meet Sri Lanka in SAFF U15 Women Championship

India meet Sri Lanka in SAFF U15 Women Championship

THIMPHU, Bhutan: India women U15 coach Firmin D’Souza exuded confidence ahead of their opening match against Sri Lanka at the SAFF Women’s Championship.

“We will be looking to start our campaign on a positive note and will look to gather a win and three points. A win will guarantee of a strong position of getting out in the group and progressing into the semi-finals,” said D’Souza.

India are clubbed with Sri Lanka and hosts in Group A.

“Both Sri Lanka and Bhutan will provide challenges of their own, but we are ready. The girls have been gearing hard for the SAFF Championship and are raring to go.” he added.

India had finished runners-up to hosts Bangladesh in the inaugural edition in Dhaka last year.

“Most of the participating countries have improved a lot especially Bangladesh as they qualified for the AFC Championship last year. They also won the SAFF Cup last year and this year claimed a four-nation tournament,” said D’Souza. “They seem to be a very formidable side and we will have to prepare well to face them.”

“We are here to play well and we will give our best in every match. We are not taking any team lightly. We believe in ourselves and our abilities to perform as a unit,” said India player Avika Singh.