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Four Best Indian Women Footballers That are Making their Mark

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The Indian Women Football team is one of the most underrated teams in India. During the 1980s, after FIFA took control of the Indian women’s football, India played an invitational competition in Taiwan. The Indian ladies’ group drew against mighty Netherlands and Haiti yet lamentably lost to Germany. In the end, they stood twelfth in that tournament.

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The competition was viewed as proportional to the World Cup as practically every one of the powerhouses of World Football took a keen interest. As indicated by the outcomes, India, in fact, was, in those days, the twelfth best group in the World. Sadly, it can be stated that the standard has weakened from that point forward, yet the Indian in late history has won the SAFF Championship multiple times in succession, 2010, 2012 and 2014 where the power women, for all intents and purposes whipped each rival they confronted!

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Possibly it’s time we take a look at the ability that encompasses us and gives them the acknowledgment the women truly deserve. So here is a rundown of the four female footballers in India who have been making a mark for themselves in the field of football:

4. Aditi Chauhan

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The 26-year old shot to fame for being the first player from the Indian National Women’s group (where she was the goalkeeper) to play aggressively in England and the first Indian lady to play in English League Football when she joined West Ham United Ladies in 2015. The goal keeper’s football aspirations were solidified when her mentor asked her to take part in the Under-19 Delhi Team Trials. She was instrumental in the Indian ladies’ group triumph in the South Asian Football Federation Cup in 2013. With the help of her family and consolation from her mentor, Aditi at age 15 showed up in the group for the Delhi U19 squad.

She finished her MSc in Sports Management from Loughborough University where she additionally spoke to their football crew. In the wake of going through 2 seasons with the West Ham United Ladies, Aditi has now come back to India and has joined India Rush.

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3. Oinam Bembem Devi

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Hailing from Manipur, Oinam Bembem Devi scripted history by turning into the second woman from the country to win the esteemed Arjuna Award. Nicknamed as the ‘Durga of Indian Football’, she is the 25th footballer to have won the honor, the last being Subrata Pal in 2016. What’s more, she has additionally won the AIFF Woman Footballer Award twice, in 2001 and 2013. Oinam Bembem Devi was named by the AIFF close by the likes of Jeje Lalpekhlua and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu for the pined for Arjuna Award.

Organized in 1961, the Arjuna Awards perceive extraordinary accomplishment in national games. Granted by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, the award comprises of a money prize of INR 5,00,000, a bronze statue of Arjuna and a parchment. Oinam Devi is prominently viewed as the ‘industrious midfielder’ who initially came into the spotlight at the national dimension while playing for Manipur U-13 group at a sub-junior competition. In an international career spanning for about two decades, Bembem helped India merge its place as a regional super-control despite the fact that chances to confront quality opponents outside the sub-mainland dried out with time.

“Ladies’ football in India required a push to advance and the Indian Women’s League has surely gone about as a noteworthy lift for each young lady who ever longed for playing football in the nation,” Devi said.

2. Bala Ngangom Devi

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Seldom do we hear about women footballers having an enormous effect on the world stage. Yet Bala Ngangom Devi is one of those skilled players who has not just demonstrated being extremely effective on the field, she has additionally adjusted having a normal occupation as a policewoman in Manipur.

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The striker has been topped multiple times for her nation and during that time has scored a mind-blowing 32 goals in her renowned career, even captaining the Indian women’s team on a few occasions.

There is no uncertainty that she is Indian ladies’ football’s leading light without a doubt. The Manipur-born striker made her senior global debut at 15 years old and is as of now a standout amongst the most enlivened players in India’s national team at the age of 28. Bala rose to stardom when she scored four goals in the 6-0 defeat of Nepal in the SAFF Championship finals to enable India to win its third back-to-back title.

Devi completed the 2014 SAFF Championship with sixteen goals in just five matches. Because of her execution in the competition, Devi was granted the Women’s Player of the Year felicitated by the All India Football Federation.

Similarly, adding to the glory, she was granted in the following year 2015 as Indian Women’s Player of the Year. In 2016 South Asian Games she managed to score as many as 3 goals in 5 matches. She also captained India ladies’ national football team in 2016 SAFF Women’s Championship have secured the title first time as a captain.

1. Tanvie Hans

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Tanvie Hans originally moved to London joining Spurs to play in their second level women group. She has proceeded onward to assume a crucial role in the Fulham ladies’ group. In 2013, British-Indian Tanvie Hans started her two-season stretch playing for Tottenham Hotspur Ladies. She has played on Fulham Ladies first group and has a wicked and dominating left foot just outside the box.

Currently staying in Bengaluru, Hans plays for numerous clubs the nation over with her most recent triumph being her determination to play in The Amateur League, which is generally just for men. Off the best, Tanvie Hans was the poster girl for The Bend It Like Beckham musical.

As energized as she was on the grounds that she got the opportunity to be a piece of an astonishing football crew in the UK, her heart was in support of India, “I’ve dependably shown at least a bit of kindness for India &  I was a few of the lucky ones who got the opportunity to play in England at truly good dimensions.”

“I’ve constantly thought of it as a benefit and obligation to offer back to the nation that put resources into my fantasy. I additionally know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if a distinction can be made by me, it tends to be made here in India. Be that as it may, it’s never simple and it is a great deal of work. I was limited from playing for India in view of my British citizenship and I am changing over my citizenship to Indian. It is anything but a simple system and I’m making a decent attempt. Ideally, 2019 is my year and I can be a piece of Indian football here on,” she concluded.

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Sanchita Gupta
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