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Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Sradhanjali Samantray was appointed as the Assistant Coach of U-17 Indian women’s football team on Thursday.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) appointed Samantray, the former Indian women’s football team captain to coach of U-17 Indian women’s football team which will meet in New Delhi for a training camp at SAI from July 1 to 15, 2018 to kick-off their preparations for the upcoming BRICS Games (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
The BRICS Games will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa in December 2018.
Meanwhile, Sanjay Behera, Secretary of Football Association of Odisha (FAO) congratulated Samantray on her appointment.
Apart from playing for Odisha and Indian and leading the teams, Sradhanjali was the coach of the Rising Club that won the title in the 2nd Indian Women’s League, held at Shillong from March 27 to April 14, 2018.
She was appointed Assistant coach of the Indian team for the AFC Under-14 Girls Regional Championship held at Dushanbe, Tajikistan in 2016.
Performed as Assistant coach of the National U-14 girls’ football team for U-14 Girls Regional Football Championship held at Kathmandu in 2015.
The Odia girl became an AFC ‘B’ license coach after successfully completing the course, which was held in West Bengal in 2014.
She was the head coach of the state senior women football team that won the silver medal in 35th National Games, held in Kerala in 2015.
Sradhanjali, who started playing football from 1992, was the coach of the Odisha team that finished runners-up in the 20th Senior Women Football Games held in Assam in 2014.
She was the first player from Odisha to lead Indian women’s football team.
For her outstanding career as player and captain, Sradhanjali was conferred with the Biju Patnaik Sportsperson of the year in 2006 by Odisha government. Besides, she was given the Ekalabya Award in 2005.
The press Club of Odisha also honoured her with the Sports Woman of the Year Award and cheque of Rs 25,000 in 2013.