Digital Desk, Muscat. Young Indian women’s team forward Mariana Kujur feels the Asia Cup, starting here on January 21, is a great opportunity to make a mark in the senior team. Also, she said that she would like to learn more and more from legends like Deep Grace Ekka during the tournament.
Defending champions India women’s team will start their campaign in the Asia Cup against Malaysia on January 21. Kujur, who hails from Sundargarh in Odisha and trained at Panposh Academy, said she would like to meet senior compatriot Deep Grace Ekka, Lilima. Minj and Nimita are in love with Toppo, who is one of the finest players out of Odisha Hockey.
Kujur said, I am grateful for this opportunity. The Women’s Asia Cup is a prestigious tournament in the international calendar and I want to use this opportunity to play the role that has been assigned to me. I want to live up to the expectations of the team.
He further added, “The camp in Bengaluru in the last few weeks, I have practiced well and I have worked on understanding the level of the senior team. I believe I have developed good on-field communication with players especially in the forward-line and midfield.
After reaching Muscat on January 16, the team has worked hard to get used to the conditions and Kujur said the team is looking forward to their first match. After reaching Muscat, we had some good hockey sessions, he added. . The weather is very nice and we are getting used to the pitch at the Sultan Cubos Sports Complex. It’s a beautiful location and the team is already very excited.
India are placed in Pool A along with Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. They will start their campaign against Malaysia on January 21 and play Japan on January 23. Thereafter, India will take on Singapore in their last Pool A match on January 24.