At Just 22, Salima Tete Coaching Jharkhand Team Juniors At Senior Women's National Championship

Salima Tete, one of the products of Jharkhand's Simdega, is now a senior Indian team player, at just 22. Playing at the ongoing Senior Women's National Championship, Salima is now looking to groom younger players, the up-and-coming talents from Jharkhand, with the hope that more youngsters can make the state proud.
Salima Tete

Salima Tete.

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Salima Tete, one of the products of Jharkhand's Simdega, is now a senior Indian team player, at just 22. Playing at the ongoing Senior Women's National Championship, Salima is now looking to groom younger players, the up-and-coming talents from Jharkhand, with the hope that more youngsters can make the state proud.
Salima spoke to Times Now on a number of senior players playing the domestic tournament, how she is helping her Jharkhand juniors as well as the grassroots level program in the state. Excerpts:
What do you think has attracted so many senior Indian team players, including you, to the national championships?
On most occasions, we do not have enough time to go back and play the domestic tournaments. But now we had quite a bit of time and it feels really good to play with so many up and coming players from our states. It is important for us to play well so that they can also learn from us.
The quarterfinal match against Mizoram on Wednesday was pretty close. What do you think your opponents were doing really well?
Mizoram is a quite good to be honest and with Lalremsiami in it, they were pretty strong. They were very good on the attack. They put up a good competition but we were focused on playing to our strengths.
As an experienced national team player, how are you helping your fellow Jharkhand players?
Playing at the midfield, I am trying to coach my junior players. They are reacting well and it has been helping our team. By helping them, I have also gained a lot of confidence.
Speak to us about the grassroots-level program in Jharkhand and how it is pushing young girls?
The hockey infrastructure has improved a lot over the past few years. It is on us to take everything out of it and keep improving ourselves. For us from Jharkhand who have played at the international level, whenever we go back to our state, we do impart some knowledge to the juniors. Bhola Sir is helping the kids immensely but we will feel some of the responsibility is on us as well. We are looking forward to continue the process and help Jharkhand hockey grow.
You and Sangita have already made a name for yourselves in the Indian team. Do you see any of your juniors coming through in the near future?
Yes, there are a few players like Mahima and Dipika. Sangita is already playing with me in the Indian team. I know how much of hard work the kids of Jharkhand are putting in and I am looking ahead to more talent to come up from the state.
Once the national championships end, what are you planning on next?
We don't yet know who all will be called up for the national camp. If I get the chance to go to the camp again, I will put in my 100% efforts in the trials. If I make to the list of probables, the 33 member team, I would look to work on my weaknesses.
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