Kashmiri women footballers create history, selected for PIFA

Two Kashmiri women footballers achieved a historic feat by getting selected for Premier Indian Football Academy (PIFA) this week.

20 years old Nadia Nighat hailing from Rambagh area of the city and 22 years Afshan Ashiq from Bemina outskirts of the city have been selected after the trails conducted by PIFA here, in which more than 25 girls of Kashmir’s tried to show their footballer skills.  

Nadia Nighat is already a National football player and first female football coach of Kashmir. Besides, she is running her own grass-root football academy where she trains both boys and girls.  

After joining the PIFA in Mumbai Nadia Nighat while exclusively talking with Kashmir Vision said that “after trails, when I had received a message from PIFA that I have been selected for PIFA. That moment was my life’s unforgettable moments.” 

“For last 13 years I am playing football and with each passing day I am doing more and more hard work. This selection is the outcome of my hard work.”

 When this reporter wanted to know about her views on creating the history she said that “this is another milestone in my football carrier but my life’s goal is still away from me.

While further talking about her aspirations, she said that “my goal is to become best International female footballer of the world and later the best football coach where I will produce best footballers.”

Commenting on her family’s support she said, “My family’s support for my game has always been overwhelmed.”

Pertinent to mention, PIFA is a football club based on the lines of Mumbai Football League. Interestingly, this club has international alliances with football academies in UK and Europe.




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