New Delhi [India], February 14 (ANI): The Indian junior women’s hockey team left for South Africa in the early hours of Tuesday morning from the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru.
The Indian team, led by Preeti as captain and Rutaja Dadaso Pisal as vice-captain, will play a series of matches on the tour against the South African junior women’s hockey team and South Africa A team between February 17 and 25.
Speaking about playing in South Africa, Indian Junior Women’s Team Captain Preeti said, “Everyone in the team is very excited to play in South Africa. This is the first tour for quite a few players and we are geared up for the challenge. We had a very good camp in SAI, Bengaluru where we also got to watch the Senior team closely.””These matches against South Africa will be a good exposure tour ahead of the Asia Cup U-21 which will be a qualification tournament for the upcoming FIH Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup. These matches in South Africa will help us understand the areas that need improvement,” expressed Preeti.
India’s forward line includes Deepika Soreng, Deepika, Sunelita Toppo, Madugula Bhavani, Annu, and Taranpreet Kaur.
In the midfield, Jyoti Chhatri, Manju Chorsiya, Hina Banu, Nikita Toppo, Hritika Singh, Sakshi Rana, and Rutaja Dadaso Pisal have been given the opportunities.
Preeti, Jyoti Sing, Neelam, Mahima Tete, and Mamita Oram constitute India’s defence line-up on the tour.
Apart from the 20 players, Aditi Maheshwari, Anjali Barwa, Edula Jyothi, and Bhumiksha Sahu have been named as the four reserve players in the squad.
On February 17, 18 and 20, Team India will take on the South Africa U-21 side followed by two matches against the South Africa ‘A’ team on February 24 and 25. (ANI)