Indian Sports LIVE, May 7: Odisha FC to compete in AFC Women’s Champions League


Welcome to ESPN India’s daily blog, where we aim to bring you all the news from the dynamic world of Indian sports: from the wide variety of Olympic sports to franchise leagues.

May has plenty of sporting action taking place – which you can find listed out in ESPN India’s sporting calendar.

Stimac names second list of 15 probables for Bhubaneswar camp

Igor Stimac, coach of the Indian men’s football team, has named a second list of 15 probables for the Bhubaneswar camp ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2026 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 2 matches against Kuwait and Qatar. The first list of probables was announced on Saturday.

The 26 players from the first list will begin training in the Odisha capital on May 10, while the 15 players from the second list will join the camp on May 15. All the members of the second list were in action last week for Mumbai City FC and Mohun Bagan Super Giant in the ISL final.

A total of 41 players will take part in the national camp as they prepare for the home game against Kuwait in Kolkata on June 6 and the away match against Qatar on June 11. India are currently ranked second in Group A with four points from four matches. The top two teams in the group will qualify for Round 3 of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and book their berth at the 2027 AFC Asian Cup in Saudi Arabia.

The second list of 15 probables for the Bhubaneswar camp:

Goalkeepers: Phurba Tempa Lachenpa, Vishal Kaith

Defenders: Akash Mishra, Anwar Ali, Mehtab Singh, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose

Midfielders: Anirudh Thapa, Deepak Tangri, Lalengmawia Ralte, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Liston Colaco, Sahal Abdul Samad

Forwards: Manvir Singh, Vikram Partap Singh

Odisha FC to compete in AFC Women’s Champions League

Odisha FC, champions of the Indian Women’s League [IWL], will compete in the inaugural edition of the AFC Women’s Champions League this year, the All India Football Federation announced today. The tournament will begin in August 2024.

Based on the number of participating teams, the competition will begin with a preliminary stage in late August. This round will be played in a centralised league format and the top clubs will progress to the group stage from here. Clubs whose Member Association’s women’s world ranking is superior will not have to play in the preliminary round and will enjoy a direct entry slot in the group stage.

Twelve teams will be split into three groups and will play a single round robin format between October 6-12, followed by which the top two teams in each group and the two best third-placed teams will advance to the quarterfinals. The knockouts will begin with the last-eight stage on March 22 and 23 of next year, while the semis and finals [May 21-24] will also be single-leg contests held in a centralised venue.

What’s on today?

It’s a fairly quiet day, with only the IPL in action, apart from Manika Batra’s giant-killing run at the Saudi Smash. However, with 80 days left for the Paris Olympics, the spotlight will also fall on Bajrang Punia’s suspension by NADA.

  • IPL: Delhi Capitals host Rajasthan Royals.

  • Table-tennis: Manika Batra faces world no. 14, Nina Mittelham of Germany, in the round of 16 of the Saudi Smash.

What happened yesterday?

  • Table-tennis: Manika Batra scored the biggest win of her career by defeating world no.2 Wang Manyu of China in the Saudi Smash.

  • Athletics: India’s men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams qualified for Paris Olympics

You can read the details of yesterday’s events here.


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