Chief coach, Janneke Schopman and captain, Savita said that the Indian women’s hockey team will focus to strengthen on its bronze medal-winning showing in the Asia Cup when they make their debut in the FIH Pro League.
India won the bronze medal in the Women’s Hockey Asia Cup after defeating China by 2-0 in the third-place match and is now all set to open its FIH campaign against the same team. They are scheduled to play two matches against China on Monday and Tuesday in Muscat, Oman.
Schopman said that the team is excited to start its FIH campaign and looks forward to building their performance in the Asia Cup by hopefully creating and converting their chances as well as having clinical defence. She further said that China has proved to be a good team in the Asia Cup. Although China didn’t finish in the top three, their games stats have shown that they were even to all top 3 teams.
Savita, who continues to captain the team in the FIH 2021/22 matches against China, also said that they would focus to build upon their recent performances.
The captain further said that they not only managed to qualify for the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup in Spain and Netherlands but also have earned a podium finish. They are happy with how the team is forming up and look forward to building over the same in the subsequent matches.
“It was a good tournament for us to only get an understanding of our opponents, but also learn how the team reacts in certain situations on the field, and how we can replicate what we are learning in the training. We are eager to play in the FIH Hockey Pro League for the first time and continue to improve and gain confidence”, said Savita to PTI.