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Have worked on understanding the level at which senior team plays, says forward Mariana Kujur

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Jan 18, 2022 14:04 IST

Muscat [Oman], January 18 (ANI): The Girls’s Asia Cup is a superb alternative to make a mark within the senior hockey facet, feels gifted younger ahead Mariana Kujur who hails from the hockey belt Sundargarh in Odisha.
A product of the Panposh Academy, Mariana idolised her senior compatriots Deep Grace Ekka, Lilima Minz and Nimita Toppo who’re merchandise of Odisha’s wealthy hockey tradition.
“I am grateful for this opportunity. The Women’s Asia Cup is a very prestigious tournament in the international calendar and I really want to use this opportunity to perform the role I’ve been assigned and live up to the team’s expectations,” stated Kujur in an official launch.

“The past few weeks in the camp in Bengaluru was good for me as I worked on understanding the level at which the Senior team plays and I believe I have developed good on-field communication with the players particularly in the forwardline and the midfield,” Mariana expressed.
Having arrived in Muscat, Oman on Sunday, the group has put in a couple of onerous yards of apply classes to be able to get used to the situations there and Mariana believes the group is sort of upbeat forward of their first recreation on twenty first January. “After arriving in Muscat, we had a few good sessions of hockey. The weather is quite pleasant and we are getting used to the pitch at the Sultan Quboos Sports Complex. It is a beautiful venue and the team is quite excited ahead of the first match.”
Talking about being a part of the identical group which options one among her idols Deep Grace Ekka main the group because the Vice Captain, Mariana stated, “Deep Grace is such a cool-headed player. She never lets the opponents get the better of her even in pressure situations. There is a lot that I can learn from her and she’s been quite supportive all along. She always advices me to play my natural game and not feel the pressure of playing for the Senior side. I think that way, all the players have been quite supportive and I am really looking forward to having a good outing here,” she acknowledged.
The defending Champions India are grouped in pool A together with Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. They may start their marketing campaign on opening day towards Malaysia on January 21 and can play Japan on January 23. India will tackle Singapore of their final pool A match on January 24. The Semi Finals will likely be performed on January 26 and the ultimate match on January 28. Prime 4 groups from this match will qualify for the FIH Girls’s World Cup 2022. (ANI)

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