The Indian Senior Women’s Football team will play against the Islamic Republic of Iran in their first match on the opening day of the Gold Cup at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. The tournament is all set to begin from 9 February 2019.
Along with India and Iran, the Gold Cup also features the senior teams of Myanmar and Nepal.
In the four-nation tournament, After Iran, India will face Nepal on 11 February and Myanmar on 13 February.
Myanmar is ranked 44 in the FIFA Women’s Ranking, followed by Iran on 60, and Nepal on 108. India is ranked 62 in the FIFA Women’s Ranking.
It was in November that India qualified for the second round of the AFC Olympic qualifiers for the first time. The Indian Women’s team have won their last four matches, two each against Hong Kong and Indonesia.
#BlueTigresses ? to face Iran ?? on opening day of Hero Gold Cup ?
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) February 1, 2019
Preparing for the Olympic Qualifiers
General Secretary of the All India Football Federation, Kushal Das said, “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 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.
“I need to thank the Government of Odisha and the SAI for their help,” he added.
The fixture for the Women’s Gold Cup is as follows:
Myanmar vs Nepal (4 pm)
India vs IR Iran (7 pm)
Myanmar vs IR Iran (4 pm)
India vs Nepal (7 pm)
IR Iran vs Nepal (4 pm)
India vs Myanmar (7 pm)
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