Pakistan sports is in its dark phase where even our cricket has suffered a lot ranked 9th in ODI’s shows you the downfall of our most played sport. Hockey is almost a forgotten game now because of lack of investment and corruption in Pakistan hockey federation and in squash there is no professional well-known player in Pakistan. We created names like Jahangir khan and Jansher khan who broke records after records. But there is one bright light under this very dark tunnel which is surprisingly football and even more surprisingly it women football team. Since the inception of Pakistan football federation women’s department in 2005 women’s football team is progressing at good pace. many young girls are now talking interest and training for the game despite the conservative mindset and repression of women in our country women’s football has continued to grow traditionally it was unacceptable to take participation beautiful game. However there were just eight register female clubs in 2005 when the first national championship was held compared to 52 now where over 2000 registered players one of the most successful are young rising stars Rawalpindi so far rising star have won 5 championships and trained many players for the Pakistan international team and other main clubs are the Baluchistan united, Punjab FC Malavan f.c which have also players who play for the international team, yet being in it middle stages Pakistan football is under development and it needs much more attention than it deserves, more tournament should be organized to find more young talent and groom them to be professional level players. There are not only immensely talented ladies in Pakistan national team, there are many others who are yet to gain the limelight. Our government and society needs to appreciate and support these women so that Pakistan prospers and the negative image is altered.
To have further more insight to Pakistan top football players who are representing Pakistan team at the international level and because of whom we believe the women can deliver success in football. Here is some insight to some talented players of Pakistan national team and because whom we believe we have future in women’s football.
1. Malika e noor
Born on 11 July 1994 Malika is the vice-captain of Pakistan national team who marks her trade in the midfield who can also be deployed as a center forward. Malika hails from Hunza Gilgit-Baltistan. Malika is a charismatic energetic eye-catching young player. She has all qualities of a good midfielder who can shoot,tackle with good pace she is strong ,has an eye for a goal also is good at set pieces and has good leadership qualities because of which she is the vice-captain of the national team. Still at a very young age, she has achieved a lot. Noor scored the 89th-minute winning goal from the penalty spot in Pakistan’s first competitive victory, at the 2010 SAFF Women’s Championship. Currently, she plays for Pakistan army where she also trains young talent. Malika has won many player of the tournament awards to her name. With certainly hay days ahead of her she still has a lot to learn and achieve. for the time being Pakistani football lovers are happy to see such talent like Malika considering that Pakistan is women’s football is still in its premature years.
2. Diana Baig
every sports person dreams of representing their country in any sport but few are lucky and talented enough to represent their nation in not one but two. Diana baig is a teenager from Hunza, Gilgit Baltistan who represent Pakistan in football and in cricket and she is still in her teens! In football she plays in the heart of defense . a very essential member of Pakistan national team . this centre back is a strong tackler good header of the ball. Still in her teens. she has also a lot to learn but, for now she is certainly catching the eye of the audience.
3. Hajra Khan
Born in 1993, Hajra Khan is one of the best female football player in the country and captain of the Pakistan national team. She plays as a midfielder for Diya Women’s Football Club Karachi for the national team she plays as the striker with her blistering pace and acceleration and a good understanding of the game. Hajra khan is one of the best players of many young talents in Pakistan team. Hajra Khan is only Pakistani women footballer with Shahyla Baloch to be signed by an international women football club called Maldivian National Women’s Football team.
4. Shahlyla Baloch
Born on 3 December 1996. the 19-year-old Shahlyla Baloch plays as a striker for both Pakistan national women’s football team and the Balochistan United Team. She is the daughter of Pakistani women’s football boss and founder of Baluchistan united W.F.C Rubina irfan and the sister of Balochistan United and national team manager Raheela zarmeen. She has recently signed for an international club in Maldives called the Sun Club where she will be given professional training. Shahlyla is the only Pakistani women’s player to be signed for an international club along with Pakistan national team captain Hajra khan.
5. Syeda Mahpara
Mahpara loves being challenged and enjoys playing her part as the goalkeeper for Pakistani women’s football team. Besides playing for the national football team, she plays for the Balochistan United Team. good in the air, secure on the line, leader in the box. Mahpara is a key player of his team (club or national team). she’s fast on the floor, good in 1/1 duel and she’s not afraid. With the ability to control and run a team, as well as encourage and motivate player.