Football: India women ready for Myanmar challenge

May 21, 2013, 01:50 IST | IANS

Indian women's football team will have to be at their best when they take on Myanmar, a higher ranked team, in their first match of the AFC Asian Cup (qualifiers) today.

There’s a difference of five places - Myanmar are 46th in the FIFA ranking while India are 51st. “This match will decide our fate. We need a good start. The first match always sets the tone. The real test begins now,” coach Anadi Barua said.

“We start from scratch Tuesday evening. No pressure and no permutation and combinations. This is to me the most important game. We need to approach it as if it’s the decider,” he added.

India come into the tournament high on confidence after winning both their international friendlies against Bahrain in Manama.

Add to that, India have been in good form of late winning the SAFF Championships for the second consecutive time last year and then getting the better of a combined Dutch team in one of the exhibition matches played in January this year in Navi Mumbai.

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