As India gets ready to play host in the upcoming U17 Women’s World Cup 2020, India women football coach Maymol Rocky has been keeping a keen eye on the local talent on display in the ongoing Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati. Also Read - Dutee Chand Clinches 100m Gold at Khelo India University Games, Narinder Bags Second Gold With Record Run
Rocky was a permanent fixture at the Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati and she is in Bhubaneswar too at the Khelo India University Games 2020, hoping to unearth talent for the future. “It doesn’t matter what the competition is. I believe that even if I can find two players out of them, we have added something to the national team,” she said. Also Read - Khelo India University Games: Kritika Sharma Wins Compound Archery Gold
Watching the girls football competition from the sidelines, Rocky marked out Annamalai University and Goa University as her favourites, and seeing as they have a number of players who have played in the recently concluded IWL it makes perfect sense. Rocky though isn’t so much watching them as watching others. Also Read - Indian Women's Football Team's Preparatory Camp to Begin on July 1
“In a team there will always be one or two outstanding players. Those are no brainers and will mostly already be part of the national camp, or thereabouts. The idea here is to look at some other players too,” she said. “Maybe someone who makes a few good decisions during a game. Someone with an ability to spot crucial passes and either make them or defend them. Just simple things. The polishing can happen later.”
Rocky is hugely impressed by the increase in number of competitions for girls in the country over the past few years and commended the Khelo India initiative also for having provided a platform for women’s football.
“Everyone knows giving players more game time will help them develop better game IQ. In addition, it also gives us, the coaches, more opportunities to assess them and scout them and bring more and more into the junior camps,” she said.
“The more the number of players in the camp, the better it is for the Indian football ecosystem.”
While declining to reveal names, Rocky said two players who participated at the KIYG in Guwahati have already been drafted into the junior women’s camp. “We picked one player from Assam and one from Punjab when we were in Guwahati.
“Hopefully we can get a few more from here.”
(With IANS inputs)