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India Football: Women's team interim head coach wants the country to grow as a footballing nation

Arjun Singh Devgan
India suffered a 1-0 loss to Sweden in the U-23 3-Nations tournament
India suffered a 1-0 loss to Sweden in the U-23 3-Nations tournament / Indian Football Team Twitter

Indian women’s team interim head coach, Suren Chettri has reiterated the need for the country to grow as a "footballing nation", claiming that his side will be "brave" in the Women's U23 3-Nations tournament.

Suren had coached the Indian Arrows women’s team in the last edition of Hero Indian Women’s League, and also the junior women teams before he joined as an interim head coach for this exposure tour.

“We want to grow as a footballing nation. It is a different approach to deal with the senior girls. Here we focus on results, while at the junior level, we focus on the development process. There are many girls who have represented the country several times, and some are new with a good attitude. The national team is a process — the new players have shown that they are good, and that’s why they are here. The most important thing is how they will approach the training sessions, and the game ahead," Chhetri said.

India were last seen in action in June 2022 when they played two friendlies against Egypt and Jordan in April 2022 in Jordan, winning both the matches, though that did not matter as they suffered a 0-1 defeat at the hands of host nation Sweden on Wednesday after conceding through a goalkeeping error in the 98th minute.