Monday, Apr 15 2024 | Time 15:59 Hrs(IST)
image
Sports


All about playing good football at SAFF U16 Women's Championship : Biby Thomas

All about playing good football at SAFF U16 Women's Championship  : Biby Thomas

Kathmandu, Feb 27 (UNI) From the warmth of coastal Goa, the Indian U16 Women's team have landed in much chillier conditions here in Nepal.
In less than 72 hours, the Young Tigresses will begin their SAFF U16 Women's Championship campaign against Bhutan.
A very special trip for each one of these young girls, their first journey across the border and first
time representing their nation. The next week and a half are going to be the biggest ones of their young careers.
Newly-appointed head coach Biby Thomas shared how the camp functioned in Goa, and how the players were selected for the tournament.
"We started the camp on January 15, and the selection trial lasted 16 days. More than 60 players attended these trials, from which the list of probables was shortened to 30 players in February.
Now, the final 23 have made the cut to Nepal.
"Our scouts were present in all the Sub-Junior and Junior Girls National Football Championships, both Tier 1 and Tier 2 tournaments (held in Amritsar, Belagavi, Bhubaneswar and Jodhpur), who selected players for this batch," he said.
Thomas, who was the assistant coach of India's SAFF U19 Men's Championship triumph also in Nepal last year, emphasised that it's not only about getting wins here. Player development is of supreme significance at this age.
"Our camp was very fruitful. We focused on every aspect of the game because at such a young age, you need to develop everything. If we only chase results, we can't get that development. The biggest positive from our camp is that the girls are learning quickly," he said.
"Our focus is development, and not just winning here. Most of our players are born in 2010. The benefit of bringing such a young squad here is that going forward, this batch will have more playing experience together. Overall, the players are selected on merit, with the focus on who all can potentially grow into a top player at the senior level," explained Thomas.
For now, though, all the Young Tigresses want is to play good football, enjoy their international debut and bring the SAFF U16 Women's Championship trophy home. However, this is just going to be the start, Thomas affirmed.
"This tournament is very important for not just these girls, but our national team setup too because they are the future of the Indian Women's Team. But this will only be the beginning. After the SAFF, we have to concentrate on qualifying for the AFC U17 Women's Asian Cup. It's a long journey, so
we need to work extra hard and the girls are doing exactly that," the head coach concluded.
UNI BM

More News
Football: I am very much satisfied with performance: Marquez

Football: I am very much satisfied with performance: Marquez

15 Apr 2024 | 10:45 AM

Margao, Apr 15 (UNI) FC Goa head coach Manolo Marquez expressed satisfaction with his team's performance following their 4-1 victory over Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Sunday night
The Gaurs beat 10-man Chennaiyin FC in convincing fashion as they moved up to the second spot in the standings. Rahim Ali opened the scoring for Chennaiyin FC.

see more..
ISL: FC Goa climb to second place with win over Chennaiyin FC

ISL: FC Goa climb to second place with win over Chennaiyin FC

15 Apr 2024 | 10:14 AM

Margao, Apr 15 (UNI) FC Goa intensified their pursuit of a second-place finish in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 league stages with a clinical 4-1 win against Chennaiyin FC at the Fatorda Stadium here on Sunday night.

see more..
Phil salts LSG's hopes of winning against KKR

Phil salts LSG's hopes of winning against KKR

14 Apr 2024 | 10:22 PM

Kolkata, April 14 (UNI) Eden Gardens was treated to an entertaining batting performance by Phil Salt, whose innings of 89 not out off 47 balls powered Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to an eight-wicket victory over the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).

see more..

Formidables retain All India Shree Cement Bridge Championship

14 Apr 2024 | 9:48 PM

Kolkata, Apr 14 (UNI) Formidables represented by Kaustubh Bendre, Sayantan Kushari, Kaustabh Nandi, Sagnik Roy, and Sumit Mukherjee, all internationals, peaked at the right time to retain the title in the team event defeating Team Arun Jain by 128.5 - 74 International Match Points(IMPs) a one-way final of the 7th All India Shree Cement Bridge Championship which concluded at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre here Sunday.

see more..
Mumbai City FC battle with Mohun Bagan for ISL supremacy

Mumbai City FC battle with Mohun Bagan for ISL supremacy

14 Apr 2024 | 9:13 PM

Kolkata, Apr 14 (UNI) Mumbai City FC battle with Mohun Bagan Super Giant at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan here on Monday at 7:30 pm IST in a match that will straightaway determine the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-24 League Winners.

see more..
image