The Indian women's football team will be up against hosts Myanmar in their third and final match of the 2020 AFC Women's Olympic Qualifiers first round, which will be held at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon on Tuesday (November 13).
Coach Maymol Rocky's charges will have momentum on their side as they go into the match on the back off a stunning 7-1 win against Bangladesh. After playing out a 1-1 draw in their opener against Nepal, the Indian girls responded with a resounding victory in their second game, with Bala Devi getting on the scoresheet four times and Kamala Devi scoring twice.
"7-1 is a good margin of victory. We wanted to win against Nepal but couldn't, so it was important that we won against Bangladesh," said Rocky. She added, "The girls were excellent on the day and all the credit for the win goes to them. I hope people and fans across India will appreciate the result."
India have four points from their two matches, the same as Myanmar who won their first match by a 5-0 margin against Bangladesh and followed it up with a surprising 1-1 draw against Nepal on Sunday. With a FIFA world ranking of 44, the hosts are the highest-ranked side in the group but they could only manage a point against 108-ranked Nepal, which has made the final matchday an enticing prospect with all four teams still in the running for a spot in the second round.
Talking about the upcoming encounter, coach Rocky said that her team will be aiming for nothing less than three points. "We need to remain focused on the task at hand. A draw or a win will help us in the qualification race but we are thinking only about the win. The girls are motivated and I am sure they will go all out and give their 100 per cent against Myanmar," she said.
A number of Indian supporters are also expected to be in attendance for the team's match on Tuesday. "If the stadium has even one Indian flag, it will definitely cheer up the girls. Myanmar, being the hosts, will have a lot of fans coming in to support them and I urge the Indians in Myanmar to come out and cheer for us. For the fans back home, I request everyone to continue giving their support and ask you to keep us in your prayers," Rocky said, signing off.