In the FIFA rankings, Uzbekistan (43rd) are 10 places higher then the Indian girls, who are banking on the “fruitful” camp in Gandhinagar prior to the championship.
“It was a very fruitful one. We have settled down as a team and the camaraderie is exceptional, I must say,” coach Priya PV said.
Uzbekistan coach Vyacheslav Solokho, however, plays down the tag of being the favourites despite being the highest-ranked team in the competition.
“It will be an intense competition. Jordan are a very powerful side and so are India. I have huge admiration for football in Lebanon and know they may spring a surprise,” Solokho said.
“All of our players play in the First Division League and though we had a month-long preparation, we were together for less than a week. Prior to the championship, we have played one friendly match. I wish we had more exposure. We aim to play well and we will do our best to qualify.”