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Youngest in Asian Cup, India’s Shilky eager to study for future

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At 16 years and a pair of months, Indian defender Shilky Devi is the youngest participant within the upcoming AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup and {the teenager} feels the expertise of enjoying with the senior crew will maintain her in good stead on the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Shilky is amongst 15 gamers within the Indian squad beneath head coach Thomas Dennerby, who’re beneath the age of 25 on the AFC Asian Cup, which begins right here on Thursday.

{The teenager} from Manipur is the one one who can also be eligible to play within the FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup additionally to be held in India later this 12 months.

“It’s an excellent studying expertise for me and the others who’ve joined with me from the U-19 squad,” Shilky was quoted as saying by the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF).

“I’m enjoying with so many senior gamers right here and it will positively assist me going into the U-17 World Cup.

“I hope to cross on this data and experiences to my teammates on the U-17 stage and we will solely study from this. This expertise will certainly assist me going ahead,” she added.

Apart from Shilky, who has already made her senior debut towards Brazil final 12 months, the Indian aspect has three gamers from the U-19 nationwide crew – Priyangka Devi, Sumati Kumari, and Mariyammal Balamurugan.

“To make the bounce to the senior stage, you need to work tougher, not simply on the pitch, however off it as nicely. We see the seniors sustaining a lot self-discipline simply to get that additional yard on the pitch, and that actually rubs off on us. Every single day is a studying expertise for me right here,” Shilky mentioned.

Born in a small village of Moirang in Manipur, Shilky began enjoying at an early age and has come by way of the SAI Academy in Imphal.

“Many had advised me that I ought to consider research as a substitute of soccer, early on, together with my mom. However my father at all times supported me. He loves to observe me play soccer,” Shilky mentioned.

“Personally, I choose enjoying as a defender greater than as a striker, ever since I realized how you can play on this place. I can see your complete sport in entrance of me, and can assist manage my crew and affect the match from defence rather a lot,” she added.

India begin their AFC marketing campaign on January 20 towards Iran.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse workers and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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