Minggu, 16 September 2012

SAFF Women's Cup: India look to retain title today

Defending champions India are looking to retain their SAFF Women's Championship title when they face neighbours Nepal this afternoon at the CR&FC grounds in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Anything but an Indian victory would be an upset as our Women are currently far superior then the rest of the South Asian region, but arrogance should be avoided.

After a slow start India has been on fire in the tournament beating Bangladesh (3-0), hosts Sri Lanka (5-0) and Bhutan (11-0) in the group stage before Afghanistan (11-0) in the semifinals. India has scored an impressive 30 goals with no goals conceded so far.

India were tested a little in their opener against Bangladesh, but thereafter the team led by Oinam Bembem Devi has been impressive in their display and they could have scored even more goals.

Nepal are hoping to score an upset by defeating India in the final. And the Nepali Women have had a good tournament of their own, the question is if they can challenge India and maybe get an early goal to upset their more famed rivals.

But coach Mohammed Shahid Jabbar is careful as he praised Nepal ahead of the final especially their hard working midfield and strikers, but also mentioned that Nepal does seem a little weak in defence which India will seek to utilise.

Coach Jabbar will surely prepare his team for the challenge ahead and one hopes that at the end India will lift their second SAFF Women's Cup title to maintain their unrivaled dominance in the South Asian region.

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