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: Bahrain a good preparation ahead of AFC Cup Qualifiers: Barua..

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From Shaikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa being elected as the new Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President to the Bahrain Women's Senior National Team locking horns with the Indian counterparts at the Football Stadium in Riffa for two Friendlies ahead of their AFC Women's Asian Cup (Qualifiers) also in the island country, it's time to shift attention from the just concluded Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir and look South.

"It's football time in Bahrain," Abdulla Brlla, the Goalkeeping Coach of the Bahrain Women's National Team exclaimed smiling. "It's great to see so much of football action in this part of the world. We play our AFC Cup Qualifiers Group matches here and also two Friendlies against India. It is superb. Also the AFC President is our very own ex-President Shaikh Salman (former President of Bahrain Football Association). He is just 33 and is very dynamic. No wonder he is where he is today," added Brlla.

Bahrain are in Group C alongwith Vietnam, Hong Kong and Krygyzstan. They play all of their group engagements at the picturesque National Stadium in Riffa. Riffa is the second largest city of Bahrain. The Indian Women's Senior National Team, placed in Group D alongwith Myanmar, Chinese Taipei, and Palestine will be travelling to Palestine after playing the two Friendlies against the hosts on May 14 (Tuesday) and May 16 (Thursday) respectively.

On the eve of their first Friendly, National Coach Anadi Barua said: Bahrain are a good side. They will be playing at home, which adds to their advantage. But I am loking at it in a different way. We will be playing Palestine in their own den too. Myanmar and Chinese Taipei won't be pushovers too by any stretch of imagination. So tough Friendlies will toughen the girls and help me assess each and every one better.

He continued: "See Friendlies give you a chance to have a look at almost every player. We are playing two of them which is great. It is a great initiative on the part of the All India Football Federation to firstly organise a one-month Camp for the Girls and then two Friendlies before such an important tourney." Senior most player in the side Oinam Bembem Devi stressed on the importance of the AFC Cup Qualifiers.

"It is a very important assignment for us. We are in a tricky group. We cannot take our feet off the pedal at any moment. We have been playing some good football for of late. We won the SAFF Cup handsomely, and then beat the Combined Dutch team too in Navi Mumbai. But this is the real test. Away from known conditions and playing stronger opponents, it will be a real test of our character."

Bembem Devi, who led India to glory in the 2012 SAFF Women's Championships in Colombo, was not a part of the Team which beat the Combined Dutch Team in an Exhibition Match in Navi Mumbai this January. But the former India Captain will be a key figure in India's surge to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup next year.

Full back Tuli Goon will be leading the pack for the first time.

"It's a great feeling to lead the Indian National Team. At the same time you are given lot of responsibilities as well. Expectations rest on you. You have to deliver and I am fully focused on that. We have to get a positive result this time in the Qualifiers," Goon quipped.

India beat Bahrain 2-1 in a three-match series back in September, 2011. Recollecting the reversals, Bahrain Head Coach Maher Abu Hantash said: "India are a very good side. They beat us the last time we played them. We have to put our best foot forward as a smiliar result will be a morale damper for our girls." The Indian Team rehearsed under floodlights at the Football Stadium for an hour.

: Indian Women's Team arrive in Bahrain for Friendlies.

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AIFF MEDIA RELEASE : The Indian Women's Senior National Team reached Manama, Capital of Bahrain late on Sunday night for their two Friendlies against Bahrain on May 14 (Tuesday) and May 16 (Thursday) respectively.

India play the AFC Women's Asian Cup (Qualifiers) in Palestine in a week's time from May 21.

The SAFF Cup Champions open their account against Myanmar (May 21) followed by Chinese Taipei (May 23) and finally Palestine (May 25). India have been drawn in Group D. The 23-member squad reached Delhi on Sunday morning after finishing a one-month long Camp in Pune. They reached Manama, the Capital city of Bahrain in the evening on Sunday.

"It feels good to be in Bahrain. The two International Friendlies will be good preparation for the all-important AFC Cup Qualifiers. The camp in Pune was a fruitful one and we are raring to go," National Team Coach Anadi Barua, said.

"The last time we came to Bahrain was in 2011. It was a three-match series which we won 2-1. I really hope the girls can do an encore," Goalkeeping Coach Chitra Gangadharan recollected.

Skipper Tuli Goon added: "I can't wait to take the field. All the while in Pune we have been practicing hard for the AFC Qualifiers. The two Friendlies will be of great help as we will be able to asses ourselves before the real battle."

The First of the two Friendlies against Bahrain kicks-off at 8.30pm (IST) on Tuesday.

The 23-member Squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Okram Roshini Devi, Tikina Samal, Usha Rani Das

DEFENDERS: Ashem Romi Devi, Loitongbam Ashalata Devi, Suprava Samal, Gurumayum Radharani Devi, Tuli Goon, Lako Phuti Bhutia, Ansha

MIDFIELDERS: Yumnam Kamala Devi, Yumlembam Premi Devi, Supriya Routray, Amoolya Kamal, Dangmei Grace, Oinam Bembem Devi, Sasmita Malik, Paromita Sit

FORWARDS: Irom Prameshwori Devi, Salam Rinaroy Devi, Jyoti Ann Burrett, Ngangom Bala Devi, Pinky Bompal Magar

COACH: Anadi Barua

ASSISTANT COACH: Surmala Chanu

GOALKEEPING COACH: Chitra Gangadharan

PHYSIOTHERAPIST: Dimple Jitesh Maniar.

: CAPITAL FOOTBALL ACADEMY TO HOLD MONTH LONG SUMMER COACHING CAMP AT GRASS- ROOT LEVEL FOR DELHI / NCR REGION SCHOOL BOYS/GIRLS .

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DSA PRESS RELEASE : Prestigious football Academy of Central Delhi, Capital Football Academy is organizing a month long summer coaching camp at Ambedkar Stadium from 15th of May 2013. The professional and renowned coaches of NCR will give training to kids of various age groups. Parents and players can collect registration forms from Ambedkar Stadium daily between 5 pm and 7.pm.

The managing Committee of Capital Football Academy will select best 18 players of under 16 and under 14 age group. These two teams will be given training throughout the year. The organising committee also plans to hold Inter - Academy tournament during the camp to give feeling of match temperament to young kids.

As part of promotional plan & enccorage boys & girls at grass-root level to play soccer and to make better use of summer vacation, a four week long Summer Coaching Camp will begin from May 15 to June 15 at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium.

Boys & girls in the age category of 8 years to 17 years of Dellhi/NCR region can participate in the ensuing camp. The focus of this camp will also be to tap talent of budding players residing in and around walled - city area which was once the hub of talented & skillful players produced by prominent schools namely Anglo Arbic, Fatepuri Muslim, DAV Darya Ganj, Cambridge, Modern School etc., during fifties/sixties era.

Prominent players who donned colours for the state and the country were Mohd. Yusuf, Sujat Ashraf, Manzoor Ahmed, Aziz Qureshi, Mohd. Ahmed, Umesh Sood, Dev Raj Katyal, Syed Nasir Ali, Abdul Aziz, Benerasi Das, Mohd. Yakub , Mohd. Aslam, Ashok Hari etc.

The camp is being organised by DSA affilliated key Ahbab Football Club in association with Dr. Zakir Hussain Memorial School, Jafarabad The timings of the camp will be held in evening from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Eminent coaches havinf AFC 'C', 'B' & ''A' certificates will impart training to the participating players. The camp organisers will select a twenty talented players for an oversee expourse trip l

Dr. Zakir Husain Memorial School is organizing this intensive professional training camp and senior coaches of Capital Football Academy and Ahbab Football Academy would guide and train the young minds. On 15th of May, first day of the camp, there will be trials and after trials kids will be divided into various age groups.

Coach of the Indian under-16 team Tarun Roy has given his consent to guide kids and his colleagues. Mohd Kamil (FIFA Refree), Rizwan ul Haq (Former FIFA Refree), Mohd Aslam (Coach DDA) , Ashok Ghosh (Senior Coach), Aftab Ashraf (Senior Coach) Manoj Newa (Coach Ahbab Football Club), Jagdish Malhotra (Senior Coach), Gaurav Patra (Coach Ahbab Football Academy) Fardeen (Coach DPS Mathura Road).