We have all we need to win on foreign soil: Indian women’s hockey captain Savita Punia

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7;s team captain Savita says her team has everything it takes to win on foreign soil from hosts Belgium in this weekend’s FIH Women’s Hockey Pro League double-header.

The Indian team is currently in third place with 22 points from eight matches, just behind Argentina and Netherlands.

Belgium, on the other hand, are seventh in the table with 12 points from eight matches.

The women’s side will play Belgium on 11 and 12 June at the Sportscentrum Wilrijks Plaine Stadium in Antwerp, hoping to improve their overall position.

“We are ready for Belgium. We have many experienced players in our squad who know what it takes to win on foreign soil,” said Savita in a release issued by Hockey India.

“We have been doing consistently well in recent months, and we believe we have what it takes to win the big games away from home.”

India defeated Olympic champions Netherlands 2-1 in the first match of their double-header but lost the second match 1-3 in a shootout in April.

“We have worked on the mistakes we made in our last two matches against the Netherlands and we are confident that we will not repeat the same mistakes in the upcoming matches,” Savita said.

“We’ve talked about the areas where we need to improve and worked hard in those areas and we’re confident we’ll be successful here.”

Deep Grace Ekka, who has been named vice-captain, said the team has a lot of confidence and winning the next match will boost their confidence ahead of the World Cup.

“I believe we are ready. We believe in ourselves, in our team, and most importantly, in each other. We know we must keep up our performance as we prepare for FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup, which will take place in July this year,” said Ekka.

“We must maintain possession of the ball against Belgium, and we must be proactive and pressurize to capture the ball when we don’t have it.

“Our immediate goal is to win these games, as well as the next matches against Argentina and the United States, to boost our morale ahead of the World Cup,” he added.

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