The Indian girls’s hockey group would look to start out the 12 months on a optimistic word when it excursions South Africa for a seven-match collection, beginning towards the host on January 16.
India is scheduled to play 4 matches towards South Africa in Cape City earlier than going through world no.1 Netherlands in three matches, beginning January 23.
“We are grateful to Hockey India for planning good amount of exposure matches for us in the annual calendar, particularly in a year where we are focused on preparing well for the Asian Games and earning direct qualification for the Paris Olympics,” India captain Savita mentioned.
Savita feels the tour will assist the aspect determine its gray areas and work upon these forward of this 12 months’s Asian Video games.
“These matches against South Africa and the world no.1 side Netherlands will help us raise the level of our game and also at the same time identify the areas we are lacking in. We are well-prepared for this tour following a good two-week camp in Bangalore.
“The players are high on confidence after a good year of hockey in 2022 and we are looking forward to start the season on a good note,” mentioned Savita, who led the group to a historic bronze medal feat on the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games.