BHUBANESWAR: Orissa The State has announced its 20-member squad to represent the State in the forthcoming 18th senior national women's football championship in Manipur's capital city of Imphal. Former Indian skipper Sraddhanjali Samantray would lead the team that has 13 players who have played international tournaments.

While Pinky B. Magar has been appointed as the vice-captain, the team includes Sita Sharma, Prasanti Pradhan, Suprava Samal, Alochana Senapati, Gitanjali Khuntia, Rashmita Patra, Susri Sangita Mallick, Sumitra Munda, Santi Khalko, Gayatri Mallick, Supriya Routray, Priyanka Sahoo, Sasmita Mallick, Jhilli Munda, Janjali Sahoo, Sangita Patra, Gomati Bara, Swarnamayee Samal, Sraddhanjali Sahoo and Laxmipriya Sahoo, sources in the State sports directorate said.

Noted coach Nanda Kishore Patnaik, team manager Kalipadma Sinha and assistant team manager Anita Sahoo comprise the officials.

Orissa would meet Rajasthan in the opening match slated for March 7. The meet would conclude on March 25.