Monday, September 26, 2022

The vice-captain of the national women’s football team is happy to play an international match after a gap of 8 years


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Finally, Pakistan Women’s Football Team’s wait is over, after 8 years, Pakistan Women’s Football Team played an international match, although the team lost 0-3 against India, but this performance is much better than the performance of previous years. Performance was declared.

In the 24-member national team participating in the ongoing Clean Women’s Championship in Nepal, there are only 7 players who were also part of the 2014 team that last played an international match for Pakistan, one of them being Malika Noor.

28-year-old Maleeka Noor is an experienced footballer of Pakistan and is also the vice-captain of the national team in this event. In an interview with Geo News from Kathmandu, Maleeka Noor said that the feelings of the players after coming back to the field after 8 years were expressed in words. Cannot be explained.

He said that things started to improve in 2014 but then there was a break which made everyone sad, all of us players had a passion to come back to the field and show the world. In the last one month we have prepared a lot for this event. We wanted to tell the world with our performance that the fact that we were kept away from football was quite unfair.

To a question, Malika Noor said that a lot has changed in the last 8 years, many girls have left football, my own life has also changed a lot but one thing I did not leave was football.

He said that during this time, to keep himself fit, he continued training, took part in martial arts and continued to play futsal to control his football skills, because he had the hope in his heart that football is not today, but tomorrow. It will recover and you have to be ready for it.

The vice-captain of the national team said that he realizes that she is not at the standard that she should be at the moment, but what little is lacking, she will make up for it soon.

He said that during the last 8 years he has completed his family, he has two children and it was only because of the support of his family that it was possible for him to continue playing football.

Malika said that as an ‘athlete mother’ the challenge definitely increases, but if balance is maintained in life, it is not too difficult.

He said that when ‘working mothers’ are common in the society, then why can’t there be ‘athlete mothers’?

Talking about Pakistan’s first match in the SAFF Championship, Malika said, ‘We have played very well against India, before we lost by 6 and 12 goals against this team, we played technically and skill wise. Much improvement has been made. It was a month-long performance to restrict India to 3 goals. If we keep preparing all year, we can play better.’

He further said that Pakistan team is no longer a team that comes to a tournament just to participate, we are now a team that has the ability to show something.

To a question, Malika Noor said that the arrival of overseas players has benefited, the arrival of Nadia has helped the strike and midfield a lot, she plays in European clubs, her level is high, she knows things.

Malika Noor hails from Hunza Valley in Gilgit-Bulistan. Growing up at the foot of the Flakbos Mountains, Malika says that women living in the mountains are always physically strong, which helps them in sports and now the people there. It has been realized that sports is also a career and they also have role models, so many girls from Gilgit are coming towards sports.

He further said that the first excitement for the players in the SAFF Championship was to come to the field once again, when the ball was kicked on the ground for the first time, the confidence came that we are back, against India we Played very well, now ready to face Bangladesh.

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