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  India win 5th successive SAFF Women title
BHUBANESWAR,22 Mar 2019 (Team Orisports)

India continued its dominance at the SAFF Women Championship by bagging the title for the fifth successive time with a 3-1 win over the hosts Nepal in the final at Sahid Rangashala Stadium in Biratnagar today. The win extended unbeaten run of India in the tournament history to 23 games. It was also sweet revenge for India, who had suffered a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Nepal last month in the league stage of the Four-Nation Women Tournament at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

Defending champions Indian secured their berth in the final with a clinical 4-0 win over Bangladesh earlier on March 20. India reached semifinals with two wins and full six points in Group B. They decimated Maldives 6-0 and Sri Lanka 5-0 at the league stage.


Odisha defender Jabamani Tudu represented India in this tournament, which was the last opportunity for the team to fine tune their preparation for the crucial 2020 Olympic Qualifiers Round 2, slated to be held in Myanmar from April 1 to 9. Football Association of Odisha secretary Sanjay Behera congratulated Jabamani for helping India win the title and announced a cash award of Rs 10,000 for her.

Linthoingambi Devi, Aditi Chauhan, Sowmiya Narayanasamy.
Defenders: Jabamani Tudu, Sweety Devi, Ashalata Devi, Dalima Chhibber, Michel Castanha, Lako Bhutia.
Mid-fielders: Ranjana Chanu, Dangmei Grace, Sanju Yadav, Ratanbala Devi, Sumithra Kamaraj, Sangita Basfore, Indumathi Kathiresan.
Forwards: Anju Tamang, Roja Devi, Manisha, Sandhiya Ranganathan.
Head Coach: Maymol Rocky

March 13: India (Dangmei Grace 8`, Sandhiya 13`, Indumathi 22`, Sanju 27`, 89`; Ratanbala Devi 45+4`) beat Maldives 6-0.
March 17: India (Dangmei Grace 4’, Sandhiya Ranganathan 7’, Indumathi Kathiresan 36’, Sangita Basfore 45’, Ratnabala Devi 50’) beat Sri Lanka 5-0.
March 20 (SF): India (Dalima Chhibber 18’, Indumathi Kathiresan 22’,37’, Manisha 93+3’) beat Bangladesh 4-0.
March 22 (Final): India (Dalima Chhibber 26’, Dangmei Grace 63’, Anju Tamang 78’) beat Nepal (Sabitra Bhandari 34’) 3-1.
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TOP: Players of the Indian team before their match against Maldives at Biratnagar (Nepal) on March 13, 2019.
RIGHT: Odisha defender Jabamani Tudu (Front) celebrates with her India teammates after the SAFF title triumph in Biratnagar on March 22, 2019.


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