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Indian eves to meet Iran in Gold Cup inaugural
Sportslogon Team February 1st 2019

Bhubaneswar : India’s Senior Women’s Team will be facing Islamic Republic of Iran in their first match on the opening day of the Hero Gold Cup at Kalinga Stadium here on February 9.

The four-nation tournament, the first such competition for the Senior Women’s National team in India is being organised by AIFF in association with the Government of Odisha. Host India, Iran, Myanmar and Nepal will take part in the week long meet which will be completed on February 15.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das mentioned “the primary objective is to provide the best of exposure to the Women’s team as they prepare for the second round of the Olympic Qualifiers in April.” “The Hero Gold Cup is meant to provide additional opportunity for the Indian Women’s National Team to face other powerful teams in a competitive format. While our team has been playing in Friendlies overseas, we feel hosting such a competition will boost the growing popularity of girls’ football in India. Football followers in India deserve a chance to witness our National teams in action,” Das stated.

For the record, Myanmar are ranked 44 in the FIFA Women’s Ranking, followed by Iran on 60, and Nepal on 108, while the Indian women, coached by Maymol Rocky, are on 62.

In the friendly overseas series Indian had won their last four matches, two each against Hong Kong and Indonesia.

Vishal Kumar Dev, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Sports and Youth Department of the Government of Odisha highlighted Odisha Government’s commitment for promotion of sporting activities. “It was a pleasure that AIFF came forward with the proposal for the Women’s Gold Cup. Odisha’s commitment towards sports, and especially promotion of women’s football is well-known. Having hosted a successful Hockey World Cup, the Kalinga Stadium stands ready to welcome the women’s teams for the 4-nation Gold Cup,” he stated. .
This news was added and updated on : February 1st 2019
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