The centre again of the Pakistan girls’s soccer workforce Sahiba Sherdil is living her dream after being named within the nationwide squad for the four-nation cup in Saudi Arabia next year.
Sahiba’s soccer adventure has now not been a very easy one through any stretch of the creativeness, since she has confronted many difficulties to be able to play the sport she loves essentially the most.
“I come from a small village in Karachi which goes by the name of Mauripur. My football journey started from the streets of Mauripur where I would play football with my elder cousins,” Sahiba used to be quoted as announcing through the Pakistan Football Federation.
“Early childhood days consisted of me kicking a ball around 24/7 and ever since then I have been in love with this game. However, my playing days were put to a halt by my family who said that I shouldn’t be playing football since I was getting older. I tried convincing them that this is what I want to do but it was of no avail. I even dropped out of school in Grade 8 and told my family that I wanted to become a professional footballer.
“I faced a lot of backlash and was told to complete my Intermediate, only then would I be allowed to step on the field again. I stayed away from the game for about six years.”
She additionally detailed her enjoy of taking part in soccer for the JAFA Academy in Karachi.
“Once my academic requirements were lifted, I joined JAFA Academy in Karachi and started training with them. JAFA was based in Lyari so traveling alone from Mauripur to Lyari was a complete hassle for me. I had to manage the bus fare all by myself since I didn’t have the support of anyone around me,” she stated.
“I used to walk 2-3 kms late at night in search of the next bus home. There were times where random bikers would stop and tease me on my way home. I endured all of this and so much more only because of my love for this beautiful game. I had a dream and I wanted to protect it at all costs.”
Sahiba additionally published how Karachi United got here to her rescue when her circle of relatives instructed her to forestall taking part in soccer. She additionally vowed to change into the most efficient footballer in Pakistan.
“After playing for JAFA for three years, my family pressurised me to drop football since it wasn’t giving me any benefit. Call it luck or anything else, the very next day I was approached by Karachi United and they offered me a professional contract,” she stated.
“While playing for KU, I found out that the PFF was organising trials for the Women’s National Team. I appeared in the tryouts and Alhumdulilah [Thanks to Allah Almighty] here I am living my dream. Words can never justify how special it felt when I put on the Pakistan jersey. It’s been a crazy ride until now but I am so glad that I didn’t give up.
“Everyone wanted me to leave football, my own family didn’t support me but my dream was bigger than everything else. Now, when they look at me they have nothing but pride in their eyes. My family tells my success story to all of our neighbours and relatives. For me, this is just the beginning. I want to become the best female football player in Pakistan and I want to keep representing Pakistan for years to come. Football has always been my escape, my comfort zone. I am not stopping anytime soon!”
It must be noted that the four-nation cup can be performed in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, between January 11 and 19 subsequent 12 months.
The taking part groups come with hosts Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Comoros and Mauritius.