Kuala Lumpur, July 30 (IANS) Head coach Maymol Rocky stressed on the word “discipline” as the Indian women’s team gears up to take on Malaysia in an international football friendly at the M.P. Selayang Stadium here on Monday. Also Read - US Bans Second Malaysian Palm Oil Giant Over Forced Labour
“We have introduced fines in this camp. Whenever someone commits any wrong, she is fined. Imparting discipline within the squad stayed a priority. Unless you get the pinch, you never learn,” Maymol, the first ever Indian woman coach in charge of the senior team said. Also Read - India Busts Malaysia-based Outfit’s Terror Attack Plot; Delhi, Ayodhya, West Bengal on Alert
Former U-19 skipper and defender Dalima Chhibber praised her coach’s strict focus on discipline, asserting that it has helped the players to combine better as a team. Also Read - 'Muslims Have Right to be Angry & Kill Millions of French People': Ex-Malaysian PM Sparks Uproar
“It unites us. The team bonding becomes better. It makes you more disciplined. It’s fun, but at the same time, it pinches your pocket. It’s up to us to avoid the fines,” she said.
Maymol however, cautioned her wards not to take the hosts lightly, asserting that the Malaysians can be difficult to beat at their home ground.
“We won’t be taking them lightly. They are a strong side. Once you are complacent, you will pay the price. They are playing at home. It’s a big stadium. It is a advantage to the Malaysians,” the coach said.
Maymol’s squad has been a conglomeration of exuberant 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,” the coach said.
This is published unedited from the IANS feed.