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At 16 years and a pair of months, Indian defender Shilky Devi is the youngest participant within the upcoming AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup and {the teenager} feels the expertise of taking part in with the senior group will maintain her in good stead on the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Shilky is amongst 15 gamers within the Indian squad underneath head coach Thomas Dennerby, who’re underneath the age of 25 on the AFC Asian Cup, which begins on Thursday.

{The teenager} from Manipur is the one one who can also be eligible to play within the FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup additionally to be held in India later this yr.

It’s an excellent studying expertise for me and the others who’ve joined with me from the U-19 squad,? Shilky was quoted as saying by the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF).

I’m taking part in with so many senior gamers right here and it will undoubtedly assist me going into the U-17 World Cup.

I hope to cross on this data and experiences to my teammates on the U-17 stage and we are able to solely study from this. This expertise will certainly assist me going ahead,” she added.

Apart from Shilky, who has already made her senior debut towards Brazil final yr, the Indian aspect has three gamers from the U-19 nationwide group ? Priyangka Devi, Sumati Kumari, and Mariyammal Balamurugan.

Shilky Devi.

To make the bounce to the senior stage, it’s a must to work more durable, not simply on the pitch, however off it as nicely. We see the seniors sustaining a lot self-discipline simply to get that further yard on the pitch, and that actually rubs off on us. Every single day is a studying expertise for me right here,? Shilky mentioned.

Born in a small village of Moirang in Manipur, Shilky began taking part in at an early age and has come by way of the SAI Academy in Imphal.

Many had informed me that I ought to consider research as an alternative of soccer, early on, together with my mom. However my father at all times supported me. He loves to look at me play soccer,? Shilky mentioned.

Personally, I desire taking part in as a defender greater than as a striker, ever since I realized how you can play on this place. I can see your entire sport in entrance of me, and might help set up my group and affect the match from defence rather a lot,? she added.

India begin their AFC marketing campaign on January 20 towards Iran.

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