Salima Tete to lead Indian junior women’s hockey team against France
Deep defender Salima Tete will lead Indian junior women’s hockey team against France in a 4-Test home series. Matches will be played at Lucknow and Gorakhpur next month.
In the 20-member squad named by India, includes Lalremsiami, who is currently accompanying Indian women’s team on a tour of Europe. She will be Vice Captain of the team.
Matches against the visiting French team will be played between February 8 and 13. After the first two games at Lucknow, the third game will be played at Gorakhpur. Teams will then return to Lucknow to play the fourth and the final game.
The 20-member team consists of goalkeepers Bichu Devi Kharibam and Khushboo, while Philicia Toppo, Gagandeep Kaur, Salima Tete, Priyanka, Suman Devi Thoudam and Ishika Choudhary have been named as defenders. The midfield will be commanded by Mahima Choudhary, Prabhleen Kaur, Mariana Kujur, Reet, Baljeet Kaur and Preeti. Young Forward, Lalremsiami, who is a part of the Senior National Team for their Spain Tour 2019, will be leading the forward line along with Sharmila Devi, Mumtaz Khan, Jiwan Kishori Toppo, Ajmina Kujur and Jyoti.
“The upcoming matches against the French women’s national team will be helpful for our team in gaining match fitness and experience different match situations. We will be up against a group of players who have played together for a considerably long time. I feel our team’s combination for the matches is such that it will give all the players an opportunity to contribute with their efforts on the field. Our players will get a much needed exposure and this challenge will help us in developing these players for bigger challenges that the team is going to face in the future including the 8th Women’s Junior Asia Cup,” said Coach Baljeet Singh.
The Indian Junior Women’s team will play its opening match on February 8 at Lucknow.
Junior Women’s Team:
|Bichu Devi Kharibam||Philicia Toppo||Mahima Choudhary||Lalremsiami|
|Khushboo||Gagandeep Kaur||Prabhleen Kaur||Sharmila Devi|
|Salima Tete||Mariana Kujur||Mumtaz Khan|
|Priyanka||Reet||Jiwan Kishori Toppo|
|Suman Devi Thoudam||Baljeet Kaur||Ajmina Kujur|