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Puja Karmakar is a prominent female footballer in Indian women’s football. She started her journey representing Bengal in the under-17 national championship and her impressive performance guided her to join the junior Indian preparatory camp. Then Puja has taken part in numerous national-level competitions. She has represented the senior Bengal team seven times. Interestingly, despite being an attacking midfielder, Puja has a record of scoring goals galore. She played for East Bengal last season. East Bengal won the Kolkata Women’s League and she scored 12 goals in 4 matches for another team named Taltala Dipti Sangha that happened a couple of years ago.
Puja Karmakar: The Journey
Puja, the 30-year-old footballer learned the basics from a former national-level coach, Ratan Shome at her local club Bijoygarh which is in the southern part of Kolkata. She lost her father in childhood. Her mother manages to earn from cooking at other households. Puja has represented several premier football clubs, from Youth Sporting to East Bengal. She has also scored uncountable goals in different matches. She has played for the premier teams outside of Bengal like Aspire FC, Sethu FC, and Kenkre FC.
This year, Puja is all set to don the Churchill Brothers jersey in the forthcoming Indian Women’s League (IWL).
The Hard Times
Puja Karmakar was one of the key members of East Bengal last season. The team will play the IWL this year. Still, Puja was forced to leave the red-and-gold brigade as she stated,
“In the women’s league, I continuously played as a defensive midfielder, a position I am unused to. The coach did not like me anyway. I do not know the reason. So I knew I would not be playing in IWL if I continued with East Bengal. That is why I did not refuse whenever Churchill Brothers sent me the offers to play for them in the IWL.”
The Desire of Puja Karmakar
Puja has not yet obtained any job which she badly needs. She said,
“I have tried to get a job desperately. I was a victim also as even after being confirmed for the job at Railways, I was ruled out at the last moment. It will not be possible for me to continue playing at the same rhythm. So, I badly need a job and ask my mother to take rest from working at other households.”