Nadia Nighat emerges as Kashmir’s first woman football coach
Even as the 20 year old Nadia Nighat from Kashmir’s Srinagar had to encounter a lot of criticism for having chosen an exceptional career in her ,life, yet she emerged as the first woman football coach in Jammu and Kashmir and broke a stereotypical mindset and proved that a girl can excel in any field..
Speaking to the media on her journey, Nadia shared that she was the only girl among some 40-50 boys when she joined a training session at a local college. She and her family had to face lot of criticisms faced lots of criticism for playing with boys in a football uniform. Initially, her family was against it but later she got immense support from her father. However, later her whole family understood and supported her..An ardent fan of known footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, Nadia showed her keen interest in football when she was in school. When she grew up, Nadia went to Amar Singh College Academy to learn the tricks of this game. Subsequently, the Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) also helped Nadia pursue her goals.
Talking about the tough situation in Valley, the National-level footballer said, “Whenever there was a curfew in the area, she used to somehow manage her training. She used to play at home. However, it is quite difficult to pursue your dream in such a tense situation but if you have dedication towards something, you can find your path
Nadia, who is presently teaching football at a school in Maharashtra’s Thane, also appealed to all parents to allow their daughters to learn and play football. “I appeal to everyone to follow their dreams and achieve their goals. Do not consider football a man’s game. Parents should allow their children whatever they want to pursue in their career,” she said.
Report by: K.V.Raman
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