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23-member India women’s football team named for tours of Jordan and Uzbekistan Sport-rated

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Indian women’s soccer head coach Thomas Dennerby on Thursday named a 23-member squad for international friendly matches in Jordan and Uzbekistan later this month.

The senior women’s team will play matches in Jordan from March 17-22 and in Uzbekistan from March 23-29.

These matches are played in preparation for the team’s participation in the first round of the AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifiers. India, placed in Group G, will face hosts Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan in a round-robin format of the AFC Olympic qualifiers from April 4-10.

The seven group winners from the first round of the qualifiers will join the top five teams from Asia (Korea DPR, Japan, Australia, China and the Republic of Korea) in the second round in October.

The team for the Olympic qualifying tournament will be named after the friendly matches in Jordan and Uzbekistan.

Squad for friendly matches:

Goalkeepers: Sowmiya Narayanasamy, Shreya Hooda, and Elangbam Panthoi Chanu.

defenders: Ashalata Devi Loitongbam, Sweety Devi Ngangbam, Ritu Rani, Ranjana Chanu Sorokhaibam, Michel Castanha, Dalima Chhibber, Manisa Panna, and Juli Kishan.

Midfielders: Shilky Devi Hemam, Anju Tamang, Indumathi Kathiresan, Sangita Basfore, Roja Devi Asem, Karthika Angamuthu and Kashmina.

Forward: Grace Dangmei, Renu, Karishma Shirvoikar, Sandhiya Ranganathan, and Apurna Narzary.

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