16 October,New Delhi
Skipper Rani Rampal will lead the 18-member squad for the 9th Women’s Asia Cup 2017 which starts from October 28 in Kakamigahara City, Japan Hockey India announced here on Monday.
The team will be Captained by striker Rani while goalkeeper Savita will shoulder the duties of Vice-Captain.India have been placed in Pool A alongside China, Malaysia and Singapore and will start off their campaign against Singapore on October 28.
The team selected for the upcoming Asia Cup has a total of five changes from their Europe Tour of Netherlands and Belgium. Experienced defender Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam makes a comeback into the team while forwards Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur and Sonika have also been included.
Apart from the inclusions, the goal will be kept by Savita and Rajani Etimarpu while the defensive duties will be given to Deep Grace Ekka, Sunita Lakra, Suman Devi Thoudam and Gurjit Kaur. The midfield will feature Namita Toppo, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Lilima Minz and Neha Goyal; as Rani, Vandana Katariya and Lalremsiami will feature in the forward line.
This will be the first assignment with the team for new Head Coach Harendra Singh as he looks towards a strong performance in Japan with qualification for next year’s Hockey Women’s World Cup London 2018 being his top priority.