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- Muzaffarpur girl in India football camp

Muzaffarpur girl Neha Kumari has been going through the paces at a preparatory camp in Mumbai for the past few days.

She, along with many others, is part of the prestigious senior India football camp being conducted at the Cooperage Stadium. The chosen ones would go on to represent the country in the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The camp, under head coach Tarun Roy, commenced on July 11 and would continue till August 25.

At present, the girl is pursuing BA Part-II in economics from Mahant Darshan Das Mahila Mahavidyalaya in Muzaffarpur. Neha’s coach, Asgar Hussain, said: “The training camp has been organised by the Indian Olympic Association, while the All India Football Federation is conducting the training sessions.”

The 19-year-old midfielder believes in rigorous training, hard work and learning as much as possible. According to Neha, the just-concluded FIFA World Cup 2014 gave her a number of opportunities to learn.

She said: “I enjoyed the tournament and it was interesting to watch the tie between Germany and Brazil. I got an opportunity to learn from the players while watching this match on television.”

She added: “If one wants to excel in the sport, he/she has to work hard and practise as much as possible.”

When The Telegraph asked her about her experience in the camp, she said: “There are a number of good players. It is tough competing against many talented and senior players. I am the only one from Bihar and I want to make the squad. I will have to keep patience.”

Thirty-five girls are attending the Senior India camp and 22 would be selected for the Asian Games in October.

Neha already has a fair bit of experience from the 20th Senior Women’s National Football Championship, 2014, in Assam in May. Her performance landed her a spot at the national camp.

Neha, who has been playing the sport for the past six years, said: “Like cricket, people should follow football too. It’s a great game.”


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