Bembem Devi appeals parents to let their girls play

Bembem Devi appeals parents to let their girls play

Indian women’s football legend Bembem Devi appeal to the Indian parents to support their children.

Bembem Devi on her life struggle

” When I was 9-10 years old, I used to play football with my school’s boys team but never had a proper introduction to the game. Then in 1991, there was a tournament in Manipur. The boys in our local club said, there’s a football tournament going on and I tagged along out of curiosity. It was there I got to know about women’s football. Once I saw that I was determined to take it up seriously. I joined the girl’s team and the same year itself, I got selected for the sub-junior state team. I wasn’t in the first team but I was eager and ready to learn in order to make it to the national team.”

” I was prepared to sacrifice for football. I had a target to play for 20 years or so. I played for 20 years and then decided to retire in 2015. But India was hosting the South Asian Games in 2016, so I decided to return to help out the country. I’m glad I got to play the beautiful game and represent the women’s team for 21 years. I set out to show women can do it and I’m glad I could.” Bembem Devi told the ISL media.


Bembem Devi on national team set-up 

” While at the national setup, I used to know this girl. She was from Tamil Nadu, a really talented player, very good player. Her parents wanted to get her married and forced her to get married and she had to give up on her dreams.

” Nowadays, however, it has become a lot different and people have come to recognize that football can be a viable career option for girls. But I would still like to appeal to parents to let the girls be free to play and make the nation proud.”


Tarak Roy

A Football Lover

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