The fifth South Asian Football Federation, SAFF, Women’s Championship kicks off in Biratnagar, Nepal today. Defending champion India has been drawn in Group B in the six-team competition alongside Maldives and Sri Lanka, while host Nepal has been kept in Group A with Bangladesh and Bhutan.
The opening match will be played between Nepal and Bhutan this afternoon. Unbeaten in 19 matches from the last four editions, India will take on Maldives tomorrow. Indian coach Maymol Rocky has expressed confidence in her side.
Indian captain Ashalata Devi said the spirit in the team is high and players are confident that they can go all the way. The tournament will be last opportunity for coach Rocky to fine tune her team for the crucial 2020 Olympic Qualifiers Round 2, which is scheduled to be held in Myanmar from April 1-9.