ISLAMABAD - Two-time defending champions India will take on Sri Lanka in the first semifinal of the 3rd South Asian Women's Football Championship, today. Indians will heavily rely on the shoulders of goal-scoring queen and their inspirational skipper Ngangom Bala Devi to produce same magic against highly underdogs Lankan team. Indian team had light practice session on Tuesday and looked highly confident on the task ahead.

Sri Lankans do have 1 or two players to challenge Indian team, but it will require extra-ordinary effort and a miracle to dethrone Indians. Besides Ngangom, Indian team is blessed with so many natural goal-scorers in the shape of Indu Mathi Devi and Permashwari Devi odds are heavily favouring India to win this particular tie and went on to defend their title for the third time in running.

While in the second semifinal, two-time runners up Nepal have a point to prove as they are playing for the pride. Their head coach while talking exclusively with The Nation Tuesday has sent clear warning to Bangladesh. “We are here to win the title. I have been with the Nepal team for the last 5 years. I am quite sure this time around we would not leave empty handed and would take the trophy with us.'

“I know we have to beat Bangladesh first, but we are fully focused, composed and girls want to prove a point and I am quite sure we would manage to stage victory against Indians, if managed to get another shot at them.” Nepal have the luxury of having there start striker and captain Anu Lama, who has so far scored five goals in the championship and playing front line role in her teams progress, while she is getting assistance from Sajna Rana, who is also scoring lot of goals and also specialist in taking spot kicks. On the other hand Bangladesh have the likes of Maynumrama, Srimatai Krishna Rani, who had already scored a hat trick and Sabina Khatoon, it is evenly matched contest. Bangladesh had already made upset by beating Maldives and are capable of staging upset victory against Nepal.