AIFF MEDIA TEAM
Aqaba (Jordan): The Malabarians are the first women’s team from India to participate in the continental championship and have sent a strong team with 10 Indian internationals and five foreigners.
The team from Kozhikode will play its first match on November 7 th against Jordan champions Amman SC. On November 10 th, Gokulam face Iranian champions Shahrdari Sirjan followed by Uzbekistan champion team FC Bunyodkar.
Gokulam Kerala FC have recruited two strikers – Elshaddai Acheampong from Ghana, and Karen Stefanny Paez from Colombia. Myanmar Winger/Forward Win Theingi Tun will also represent Gokulam along with Puerto Rican midfielder Adriana Tirado and Ghana defender Susan Ama Duah. Gokulam have also included three Kerala players and five other state players in the squad.
“We have sent a strong squad for the championship. We want to bring the championship to the country and show that our women players are good enough to bring laurels to the country. We dream that our women team will bring the first AFC title to the country,” said Gokulam Kerala FC president VC Praveen.
“We have got only a week’s preparation with the entire team but the team has shaped up well. We had played a couple of training matches and had favorable results. All the players are confident about the first match against local side Amman SC,” said Priya PV, the head coach of Gokulam Kerala FC
The Squad –
Goalkeepers:Aditi Chauhan, Shreya Hooda, Heera G
Defenders: Ranjana Chanu, Ritu Rani, Michel Castanha, Susan Ama Duah, Femina Raj, Manju Baby, Sonali Chemate
Midfielders: Kashmina, Dalima Chhibber, Adriana Tirado, Win Theingi Tun, Dangmei Grace, Manisha Kalyan, Samiksha, Soumya Guguloth
Forwards:Karishma Purushottam, Anushka Samuel, Elshaddai Acheampong, Karen Stefanny Paez, Jyoti