So after women’s cricket team, the Indian girls are ready to get into spotlight against international final friendly match against Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
The disciplined Indian girls will play in the football grounds against Malaysians – disciplined because they are under the watch of coach Maymol Rocky, who will make her first debut in international game as a coach. The first female coach of India’s senior women’s football team, Maymol is a huge fan of strict discipline. The friendly – the first between Malaysia and four-time South Asian champions India in 16 years – will be held at the Selayang MC Stadium in Kuala Lumpur today at 8:45 PM.
“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. 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. In their last meeting before the 2001 KL Games, Malaysia played India in a two-game series in Kolkata. The first game ended in a 1-1 draw, but Malaysia clinched the series with a 2-1 win in the decider.
Maymol however, cautioned her wards not to take the hosts lightly, asserting that the Malaysians can be difficult to beat at their home ground. At the official press conference, 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. The games today will boost India’s international ranking, if won.