Kuala Lumpur, Jul 30 (PTI) Indian women’s football team are confident of a good show against hosts Malaysia in an international friendly which will also mark the debut of new coach Maymol Rocky. Also Read - Lionel Messi Ban: Barcelona Star Could be Suspended For 12 Games Following Red-Card in Spanish Super Cup Final
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“We have introduced fines in this camp. Whenever someone commits any mistake, she is fined,” said Maymol. Also Read - Hansi Flick Should Have Won The Best FIFA Coach Award, Says Jose Mourinho
“Imparting discipline within the squad stayed a priority.
Unless you get the pinch, you never learn,” she added.
The girls don’t mind it as they understand “it’s for a cause.”
Defender Dalima Chhibber, a former Indian U-19 captain said: “It unites us. The team bonding has become better. It makes you more disciplined. It is fun, but at the same time, it pinches your pocket. It’s up to us to avoid the fines,” she says in one breath.
Keeping in tune with not taking things lightly off the field, Maymol wants the same kind of a smooth transition when the girls play on Monday (July 31).
“We won’t be taking them lightly. They are a strong side.
Once you are complacent, you will pay the price,” you had to agree with Maymol.
“They are playing at home. It is a big stadium. It’s advantage Malaysia.”
Maymol’s squad has been a mix of youth and experience.
“Around 10 players have come up the ranks through the age groups. The average age of the side has gone down considerably. Barring around three, all the rest are below 25,” she said.
Maymol wasn’t much willing to read into the FIFA Rankings.
“Not that we are a weak team. But I never go into FIFA Rankings. We are aware of the development made by Malaysia.
But we are confident as a team,” she said.
Pointing at captain Bala Devi, Maymol further stated:”She has a habit of scoring goals in almost every match.” The skipper on her part is not bothered as to who scores as long as someone scores.
“It’s not about who scores as long as we score. We have specific roles assigned to us and we need to execute it to perfection,” the India skipper opined. The match starts tomorrow at 6:15 pm IST.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.