I am 23 years old and I started playing football when I was 14. I started playing football to learn the game and I played in school which was run by German football association at that time. I was the top scorer and top player of my club; I also used to be the Captain.
Football changed my life and my personality. Football made me a very strong fighter and a strong woman, a woman with passion & goals. I used football as a tool to stand against all obstacles and problems, which I was/am facing as woman in a male dominated country like Afghanistan.
Football is a very important part of my life, which I am happy and proud of. When I am thinking about life without football, it will be very boring.
When I was selected for the national team of Afghanistan, I was feeling very proud, and crying. it was like a dream come true. I was flying from happiness.
In 2014 I became the Captain of the national team. When the coach gave me the Captain band, was one of the greatest moments of my life.
Being a Captain of the national team is a huge responsibility and a source of pride for me. Being a leader was not easy for me at a young age. Leading my team and trying to be united to play under the flag of our beautiful country was an honor for me.
My family and friends are very proud of me and they always support me to be strong and to fight for my rights as a woman and as a human.
Playing football in a male dominated country like Afghanistan is not easy. The death threats and cultural obstacles that we face, will never weaken or stop us in dreaming for our future as woman.
Football makes me happy and it gives me power to stand as a strong woman and take active part in society.
When I compare my life now to when I was 8 years old, I wanted so much to play football with street kids. I didn’t have shoes and football to play, because my family could not afford to pay. Now there are a lot of opportunities for women’s football to stand together and play for their country on an international level.
With new and positive changes in women’s football we are very happy and optimistic about future of Afghanistan women’s football.
It is the first time we have professional women coaches and so many good activities and plans have been scheduled for women’s national team, which is great. It shows that women’s football is developing.
I believe together we can bring positive changes in our country and also changes for the current situation of women in our country.
My dream is to have more women clubs from all over Afghanistan and also a good league for women’s football.
I believe together we will win the SAFF championship and we will bring pride home.