Thinley Namgay

Under -17 (U-17) national women’s team will face Meghalaya’s U-17 at the FIFA friendly match at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, Meghalaya, India, at 6:30pm today.

The match coincides with the 48th anniversary of Statehood Day of Meghalaya.

The four players of the senior team: Karma Zangmo, Karma Wangmo, Sonam Chungku, and Yeshi Bidha have joined the team.

Coach Yeshi Wangchuk said the U-17 girls played two preparatory matches with Assam Kokrajhar SAI on January 16 and 18. “During the first match at Gossaigoan, we thrashed them 3:1. On the second, at Kachugoan School, we defeated them 1:0.

Yeshi Wangchuk said: “We are hoping to win this time. All the players are students and we had good training at Women’s Football Academy in Gelephu.” The girls, he added, are mentally and physically prepared.

The game, he said, was important for exposure before participating in the U-17 South Asian Football Federation Championship later this year.

A total of 19 players, accompanied by coaches, team manager, physio and media team, reached Shillong on Sunday.