Vasco’s trajectory in Brazil’s Women’s A2 begins this Saturday (11) at 3 pm, against Botafogo, at the Nivaldo Pereira Stadium in Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro. The club has been out of the elite of women’s football since 2016, when it last competed in the main championship, and is looking to return to the A1 to reach the semi-finals.
For a debut against an opponent, coach Antony Menezes and right-back India spoke to GE and estimated the competition. In addition to talking about long-term goals in the Brazilian Women’s A2, the coach and athlete revealed what they hope for this Saturday’s classic.
– The club is looking at the sport in a different way, thanks to those who entered the department and radically changed women’s football, which has always been a tradition. We expect to repay with great dedication and commitment to the development of modalities to continue the growth – said Antony, to accomplish:
– Vasco’s aim in any competition, regardless of style and gender, will always be the hunt for the title. But thinking about this growth, the main objective is access to the A1 series that we will win game by game.
Despite only living in Vasco for two years, India’s association with the club dates back to childhood, as his father is a fan and always follows sports. The right side revealed that he was falling in love with the club and highlighted his commitment to social causes.
This was the affection I always had for Vasco. And when I came to play, which I loved the history, the greatness of the club and the fans, all the flags raised by Vasco, I fell in love even more – said the player.
– Best possible expectation (for Brazil A2). Purpose is reach, seek title – says India.
Vasco vs Botafogo
Antony Menezes and India recognized the strength of Botafogo’s squad, but showed confidence for the entire Brazilian A2 and reinforced the importance of starting the tournament with a focused and united team.
– We are sure it will be a very tough match, the opponent has already played A1 series and is a strong investment. We need our athletes to be mentally prepared for the decisions right from the very beginning of the competition. Our team already has a strategy and is ready for any match. The girls are very focused and know the responsibility of carrying the Maltese cross on their chest – said Vasco’s coach.
– The mindset, of course, is always to win. The group is closed, united. We will always give the best, “one for one”, as we have been saying. With all the hard work we have been doing at the beginning of the year, I am confident that we will be able to start off on the right foot, yes – finish India.
Brazilian A2 Format
In total, 16 clubs will compete for access to the elite of women’s football. Divided into four groups with four teams in each, the teams will face each other and return in turn and the two best graded from each group will advance to the knockout stage. The semifinalists will guarantee a place in the Brazilian A1 2023.
first round schedule
- 06/11 – 15 hours: Vasco vs. Botafogo
- 06/11 – 15 hours: Bahia vs. Fluminance
Source: globe sports