India U19 Women Team Coaching Staff: The All India Football Federation’s Technical Committee met virtually on Saturday, December 23, 2023, to finalise the selection of the coaching staff for the Indian U19 Women’s team for the SAFF Championships in February.
The meeting was chaired by former India captain Mr. IM Vijayan and attended by AIFF Acting Secretary General Mr. Satyanarayan M, Deputy Chairman of the Technical Committee Mr. Manoranjan Bhattacharya, members Ms. Pinky Bompal Magar, Mr. Harjinder Singh, Mr. Arun Malhotra, Mr. Climax Lawrence, Mr. Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Technical Director Mr. Syed Sabir Pasha.
After extensive deliberations, the committee appointed Ms. Shukla Dutta as the head coach of the Indian U19 women’s team. Dutta, a former India international of repute, has previously coached the Indian U17 women’s team and led Rising Student Club to the 2017-18 Indian Women’s League title.
The committee appointed former India international Ms. Sradhanjali Samantaray as the assistant coach and Ms. Lourembam Ronibala Chanu as the goalkeeper coach.
The Indian U19 women’s team are set to begin their camp in Goa in the first week of January in preparation for the upcoming SAFF U19 Women’s Championship.
While welcoming the members of the Technical Committee, the Acting Secretary General said: “The Under-19 SAFF for Women is an important tournament for us. This tournament is a stepping stone for talented players to move to the next level, which is the Seniors. For the selection of the U19 coach, we put out an advertisement and then shortlisted the candidates. I am happy that thereafter the Technical Department of the AIFF and the Technical Committee discussed the issue in depth and could select the right people for the post of Head Coach and other support staff. It is great to find that we have an all-women technical staff for the U19 Women’s team.”
(with Inputs from Press Release)