Bhubaneswar: Four Odisha players have been selected Friday in the 18-member Indian women’s team for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, starting August 18. They are defenders Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Namita Toppo and Lilima Minz.
The team will be led by striker Rani Rampal, who had successfully captained India to win the IXth Women’s Asia Cup last year. Ace goalkeeper Savita Punia has been named her deputy.
India’s defence will feature the experienced Deep Grace, Sunita, Deepika, Reena Khokhar and dragflicker Gurjit Kaur while the team’s midfield include Namita, Lilima, Monika, Udita, Nikki Pradhan and Neha Goyal.
The forward-line will be led by skipper Rani and will be ably-supported by experienced Vandana Katariya. Youngster Lalremsiami has also been rewarded with a place in the squad for her recent exploits and will be joined by Navneet Kaur and Navjot Kaur who have had a good showing in the recent tournaments for India.
“We have a good mixture of experienced and young players. I’m happy that everyone have experienced what it is like to play high level matches,” stated chief coach Marijne.
The squad: (Goalkeepers) Savita Punia, Rajani Etimarpu; (Defenders) Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Deepika, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar; (Midfielders)Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, Monika, Udita, Nikki Pradhan, Neha Goyal; (Forwards)Rani Rampal, Vandana Katariya, Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur and Navjot Kaur.