Anju beats pandemic by making the cut for Indian seniors, again


Gangtok, 29 sept:

Sikkim’s Anju Tamang will be kitting up for the Indian seniors’ team, having made the cut into the 23-member squad announced by the Indian Women’s Football Team head coach, Thomas Dennerby, for the friendlies scheduled to be held in UAE and Bharain from 02 October onwards.

Clearly, despite being a regular in the Indian squad, every selection is a moment of joy, and Anju is clearly thrilled at the prospect of being in Blue again.

Anju is a product of the Girls Football Academy of Mangalbaria in West District.

Sikkim Football Association president, Menla Ethenpa, in a press release issued today, shared that speaking to him over the phone, Anju confirmed the news and said that she was “fit & fine” for the upcoming challenge and thanked SFA for the opportunities made available to her and making it possible for her to represent the country.

She said that she was excited to play for India once again in post- pandemic scenario, the release adds. SFA has wishes her and Team India the best of luck.

Team India had camped in Jamshedpur and will now be flying to the UAE for two friendly matches against United Arab Emirates on 02 October and then Tunisia on 04 October.

The team is scheduled to subsequently travel to Bahrain, where they will play two friendlies against the Bahrain national team on 10 October and the Chinese Taipei national team on 13 October.

The Head Coach said, “After training for about a month in Jharkhand, we are extremely happy to be going for these friendly matches in the UAE and Bahrain. These matches will be essential for us to gauge how far the girls have progressed during the training camp, as they will be pitted against some tough teams."

"We are all looking forward to these matches, and are thankful to the authorities for arranging them during such difficult circumstances in a pandemic,” he adds.