Vandana Katariya will lead Indian women in Asian Champions Trophy to be held at Singapore from oct 29. Rio Olympics captain, Sushila Chanu was rested. Defender Sunita Lakra was named as the vice captain. The tournament will feature defending Champions Japan, China, Korea and Malaysia apart from India.
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History of Asian Women’s Champions Trophy
The same five nations have participated in the last three tournaments of Asian Women’s Champions Trophy. While South Korea won the first two tournaments in 2010 and 2011, it did not participate in 2013. Japan won the four-nation event and India reached the final for the first time.
2010: Busan, South Korea
Winner South Korea: Def Japan 2-1 in final
3rd Place: India def China 2-1
2011: Ordos, China
Winner South Korea: def China 5-3
Third place: Japan def India 3-2
2013: Kakamigahara, Japan
Winner: Japan def India 1-0
Third place: Malaysia def China 3-1
Indian Squad for 2016 Champions Trophy
Coach: Neil Hawgood
Captain: Vandana Katariya
Vice-Captain: Sunita Lakra
Goalkeepers: Savita and Rajani Etimarpu
Defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Renuka Yadav, Sunita Lakra, Hnialum Lal Ruat Feli and Namita Toppo
Midfielders: Nikki Pradhan, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Rani, Deepika and Navdeep Kaur.
Forwards: Poonam Rani, Anuradha Devi Thokchom, Vandana Katariya, Preeti Dubey and Punam Barla