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Delhi’s Female Footballer Is The Woman Footballer Of The Year In England

  • JWB Post
  •  November 21, 2015

 

Remember Aditi Chauhan we spoke about sometime back? She became the first Indian to feature in the FA Women’s Premier League in England when she signed for West Ham Ladies.

This 23-year-old goalkeeper has now been declared the Woman in Football Award at the third Asian Football Awards in London. Wooho!

An alumnus of Jesus and Mary College and Amity International School, she last represented India in the Asian Games in Incheon last year. She is the first woman footballer from India to have received such a recognition.

She says, “What is happening for the past few months has been surreal. This has to be my best birthday ever till now. It feels great now. It’s all worth it. Getting this award at Wembley …it’s such a fairytale story for someone coming from a country where there is no league for women. I have gone through a lot. It was not easy to pursue a career in football. I am thankful to West Ham for their support.”

Talking about her future plans, she tells, “At the moment I don’t want to take a step back. True that I am facing troubles with my visa right now, but I am very positive and won’t stop playing football which has given me so much. Probably I’ll go to some other country. It is very unfortunate that AIFF has not paid enough attention to women’s football till now. Women’s football in most states except Manipur has taken a backseat. The women’s team ranks much higher than the men’s, and if some efforts are made by the federation we may qualify to play the World Cup in near future.”

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