Manisha Kalyan, Pyari Xaxa, Sweety Devi and Anju Tamang scored for India on Saturday in the team’s first overseas friendly match since Thomas Dennerby took the lead.
The friendly game was part of the preparations for the AFC Asian Cup, which will be played in India from January to February.
Beating the UAE 100th place was India’s first win of the year. The Blue Tigers have been without a win in their last five games this year, despite all of them facing higher-ranking European teams.
“It was definitely a good start for the girls. A win like that helps give the players a lot of self-confidence,” said Dennerby after his first international match with the Indian team.
Monday’s opponents are at number 77 on the FIFA charts, while India is at number 57.
Looking at the game, Dennerby believes that while it will be a tougher challenge for the girls, the goal remains to get a win.
“I think it will be a little tougher against Tunisia, but we always try to win and that is exactly what we will try,” said Dennerby.
“It’s good that we’re playing a relatively tougher team like Tunisia. We have to get used to a faster pace.”
Dennerby is wary of “technical bugs” that might crop up and said he was working on them.
“There are ups and downs in every game. There were times when we were really good at controlling the game. But there were also times when we tried to force the game more than necessary,” said UEFA Pro Licensed Coach.
“When you try to force the game you tend to make small, non-forced mistakes and these can hurt us when we play against the best teams, so we have to work to fix those mistakes.”
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