R. Nivetha gearing up for Indian Women’s League litmus test

The success of Tamil Nadu women’s football in the senior national championship has been organic as a lot of planning has gone into it.

And R. Nivetha, who was an assistant coach and head coach in 2018 and 2019 when TN finished first and third respectively, was one of the central figures in the growth of the sport in the state.

Appropriately, the Indian Football Federation (AIFF) recognized her talent by enlisting her in the India Women’s U-17 team camp at Jamshedpur as an assistant coach.

She will now face a litmus test when she begins her first job as assistant coach of an India Under-20 development team in a tournament – the Indian Women’s League – scheduled for this month in Bhubaneswar.

“My role [in IWL] will be about transferring the philosophy of the head coach (Suren Chhetri) to the players, understanding their mindset and helping them achieve their potential,” Nivetha told sports star Tuesday.

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His additional role will be to guide the Indian u-20 players to the Bhubaneswar camp for the AFC Asian U-20 Cup scheduled for September-October.

Nivetha, originally from Kancheepuram, is a fast learner and she takes the opportunity to strengthen herself in all possible areas.

“There was a lot of learning; all at an advanced level. I have to understand the potential of the players, organize the technical and non-technical things, understand the head coach’s methods and make sure they reach all the players from different economic and cultural backgrounds,” said Nivetha.

An AFC ‘B’ license holder and a National Institute of Sports (Kolkata) graduate, Tamil Nadu Sports Development Authority employee Nivetha said she has more to offer and that she would do her best to make the state and the country proud. “Whatever team is given to me, I will try to make it the best,” the 30-year-old said.

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