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Dubai [UAE], September 30 (ANI): The Indian women’s team safely reached Dubai, UAE, on Thursday for their upcoming friendlies in the UAE and Bahrain, which get underway on October 2.

These friendlies have been planned as part of the team’s preparation for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which is set to take place in India next year. The Indian women’s team has been camping in Jamshedpur with help from the Government of Jharkhand.

The 23-member squad along with the support staff travelled from Jamshedpur to New Delhi, before boarding a flight to Dubai.

The Indian women’s team will play two friendlies against the United Arab Emirates (October 2) and Tunisia (October 4), before travelling to Bahrain, where they are set to face Bahrain (October 10) and Chinese Taipei (October 13).

“The girls are all excited to be getting some match time for our Asian Cup preparation. We have trained hard for the last month in Jamshedpur, and now we are ready to test ourselves against some tough opponents,” said Head Coach Thomas Dennerby.

Captain and centre-back Ashalata Devi thanked the authorities for arranging a camp and international matches during such difficult times as that of a pandemic.

“We know the situation is not easy right now, but way everything has been arranged to help us set up a long term preparation for the Asian Cup is amazing,” said Ashalata Devi.

23-member Squad are as follows:Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan, Maibam Linthoingambi Devi, Shreya Hooda.

Defenders: Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi, Ritu Rani, Ashalata Devi, Ranjana Chanu, Michel Castanha, Manisa Panna, Astam Oraon.

Midfielders: Sangita Basfore, Indumathi Kathiresan, Sanju, Martina Thokchom.

Forwards: Dangmei Grace, Anju Tamang,Sandhiya Ranganathan, Soumya Guguloth, Manisha Kalyan, Sumati Kumari, Pyari Xaxa, Renu. (ANI)

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