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All You Want To Know About Pakistan’s Women’s Football Team

  • IWB Post
  •  July 11, 2015

Did you know there was a female football team in Pakistan? This article is your introduction to Pakistan’s Women’s Football team.

  1. Raheela Zarmeen – Manager1

She was the Manager Pakistan National Women Football Team for 3rd SAFF Women Football Championship 2014. The 20-something manages the Balochistan United FC in the domestic circuit and has been a part of Pakistan’s national women football team for the last three years. She even runs a blog!

“Men have a long history of sports and it is time to let women make some history too. It may not necessarily dominate the media like men’s sports but there is an attending audience waiting to enjoy women’s sports. Women are just as good in sports as men!”

  1. Shahlyla Baloch – Striker2

She is the striker for both Pakistan’s national team and Balochistan United. She started playing football when she was 7 years old and has received the FIFA’s youngest player’s award.

“Have been criticized many times but that never stopped me from playing. I respect everyone’s way of thinking and I think they have the right to say anything they want to. I train hard to overcome my weak points and that’s how I overcome criticism.”

  1. Joyann Geraldine Thomas3

She is the first Christian woman to play for the Pakistani women’s football team and also the youngest. She made her international debut shortly after turning 17 in 2014.

“I’ve always wanted to help minorities get the representation they deserve in Pakistani football.”

  1. Syedah Mahpara – Goal Keeper4

“My 1st step in football was not so difficult because my parents always supported me. If I am here today this is all because of them.”

  1. Hajra Khan – The Captain5

The 20-something plays as a midfielder for Diya Women’s Football Club (DWFC) of Karachi and striker for the Pakistan National Football Team. She is also the Vice Captain of Team Pakistan.

“I was mainly concentrating on how I can perform to the best of my ability for the team; my priority lies with my squad first.”

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