Indian girls perform creditably at Colombo soccer festivalMay 8th, 2009 - 4:52 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) Largely unnoticed and unsung, 22 Indian girls, forming two teams, returned from Colombo after a creditable show in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) south central under-14 festival there from May 1 to 5.
Being a festival to encourage the game among girls at the grassroot level, there are no points to be gained from victories. Only cards - green, yellow and red - are awarded. The A and B teams of each country play 30-minute matches.
India’s girls topped the five-team festival with 21 green cards followed by Jordan, Iran, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. India won all but one of their matches, which was a draw with Iran.
Expressing satisfaction with the health of sub-junior girls’ soccer in India, coach Anita Sarkar, 43, said that the present bunch of under-14 players had it in them to form a promising team for the AFC under-16 tournament. Most of the girls on the Colombo tour were also in the team that put up a good show at the last festival held in Vietnam.
Before taking the plane to Colombo the girls were put through a six-week coaching camp at Bhopal. In spite of the searing heat of the Bhopal summer and the hard playing surface, the enthusiasm of the girls was unflagging, said Sarkar. The dividends came in the shape of the 21 green cards in the hot and humid conditions in Sri Lanka, she added.
As in the previous festival in Vietnam, Tanvi Bhargava was the top scorer at Colombo, with 10 goals out of the team’s total of 61. Rani Devi (Manipur), Oshim Devi (Manipur) and Parvin (Bihar) were not far behind with nine goals each. Nikhila (Kerala) followed with eight.
Tanvi told IANS, on arrival here Wednesday, that her most memorable moment at Colombo came when an official from Malaysia came up to her to tell her that she was the festival’s top scorer.
According to Tanvi, the Indian girls, toughened by the training stint at Bhopal, did not lose their cool even when the going was rough. The Chandigarh daughter of a doctor couple, who is at school in Mayo College, Ajmer, is looking forward to playing in the India jersey in the Asian under-16 cup in a couple of years. Well she might, like several others in the under-14 team.
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