Kuala Lumpur: Grace Dangmei believes India are on the right path to not only shine in the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 but beyond.
Dangmei's optimism stems from the extensive groundwork that has taken place - both at club and national team in the South Asian country in recent times.
The Indian squad is currently on a playing tour in Brazil while Dangmei's club Sree Gokulam Kerala are fresh off their participation in the 2021 AFC Women’s Club Championship, an experience which the forward described as immense.
Learning curve for India as Brazil turn on the style
Manaus: AFC Women’s Asian Cup hosts India scored a historic goal, but ultimately suffered a 6-1 defeat against world number seven Brazil in their opening match of a round-robin tournament in Manas on Thursday.
Having fallen behind in less than a minute, Thomas Dennerby’s side produced a moment of brilliance when Manisha Kalyan levelled the tie in the seventh minute, but Brazil’s class and experience ultimately told, with the hosts netting four goals after half time.
Kuala Lumpur: Al Hilal SFC were crowned kings of Asia for a record fourth time after their 2-0 victory over Pohang Steelers in front of home support at King Fahd International Stadium on Tuesday saw the Saudi side win their second AFC Champions League title in three years.
The final was the culmination of more than seven months of action in which the competition expanded to a record 40 sides as 11 teams made their AFC Champions League debuts in the group stage.
But in the end it was Asian football’s most successful side that came out on top as goals from Nasser Al Dawsari and Moussa Marega saw the trophy return to Riyadh once more.
As fans of Asian football now look forward to the 2022 edition, the-AFC.com highlights the stats and facts that caught the eye from the grand finale.