‘Opportunities have helped me improve’

Sanjay Jadhav
Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Senorita Nongpluh from FC Pune City finished with an impressive performance scoring two goals thus steering her team to the title.

PUNE: FC Pune City girls recently beat city mates United Poona Sports Academy (UPSA) 3-0 to clinch the title of the WIFA Women’s Championship at Cooperage ground in Mumbai recently.

Senorita Nongpluh from FC Pune City finished with an impressive performance scoring two goals thus steering her team to the title.

The 13-year-old Senorita has been associated with FC Pune City since two years and has been an asset to the team since Day One.

“My journey as a football player has been really great since I joined FC Pune City. I got opportunities to play in many tournaments which has helped me improve my game. It’s been two years that I have been with FC Pune City. It is a great club, the management team, coaches and team members have become part of my family. They are very helpful and supportive. This is among the best experience I have had during my career so far and scoring in the final is a big morale booster for me,” Senorita says.

When asked about her idol Senorita was quick to say that it is Eugeneson Lyngdoh. “And off-course Lionel Messi is my favourite. I follow all matches of Barcelona,” Senorita adds.

“I have got many best player trophies in local tournaments in Pune and of course the biggest one is to be the youngest player in the Indian Women’s League, which took place last year in Delhi,” Senorita pointed out.

When quizzed about her views about girls football in the country, Senorita says “I am happy to see many tournaments being organised today for the girls in India. This will encourage many young girls to take up this sport seriously.”

“I have taken football very seriously. I work daily to improve my skills with the help of my coaches and my father. I really wish to be one of the best player. This is a family dream to take Indian women’s football to a higher level. I wish the All India Football Federation (AIFF) opens more areas for developing women’s football in India,” Senorita concludes.

FC Pune City women’s head coach Mohan Dass was all praise for the youngster “Senorita is always focussed on every drill and the tactical work. She grabs it all very fast and has always given her best,” Dass said.

“In the first match of the WIFA tournament, Senorita did not play in the first half as she was not feeling well. In the break she came and asked me whether she could play. She was brought in and performed really well despite of being sick. This speaks about her attitude and mental preparation towards the game. She knows the importance of scoring and how it affects the team,”Dass added.

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