India: Apurna Narzary who is a promising Assam forward performed exceptionally well and led the Indian team in the AFC U-20 Asian Cup Qualifiers Round 1 in Vietnam. She also made her team to receive the chance to play in the senior national women’s team for the friendly matches in Jordan and Uzbekistan.
Hailed from the remote village of Khagrabari in Kokrajhar district under the Bodaland Territorial Region secured three goals in three outings in the Vietnam event. With the performance, she paved her way to the Blue Tigresses’ dressing room.
Further, the head coach of the Indian women’s team Thomas Dennerby announced the 23-member squad for the games. While taking to Twitter, the coach head said,”Congratulations to Apurna Narzary, women’s football player of STC, Kokrajhar for being selected in the senior Indian women’s football team to participate in the international friendly match against Jordan and Uzbekistan.”
The teenage sensation has secured great success in her career over the past three-four years and also played in the under-18 level of the SAFF women’s championship.
She was born in the home of father Biswajit Narzary who also played at the district level. While starting her journey at STC Kokrajhar, she went on to feature at the Subroto Cup and in Reliance tournaments in Mumbai.
The coaches of her field have spotted her due to her great performance and her abilities made her debut into the Indian Women’s League, where she captained the Indian Arrows side, and led from the front with six goals from seven outings that included a hat-trick against Odisha Police.
She stated that when she came to the field, she recalled her father’s world citing,”Don’t get carried away,” and vows to stay grounded while trying to perform her duties in national colours.
The Indian team will be playing these matches as part of their preparation for Round 1 of the AFC women’s Olympic Qualifiers. India, placed in Group G, will take on hosts Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan in a round-robin format from April 4-10.