Three girls from Meghalaya have been asked to participate in the selection trials for the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be hosted in the country next year. The three girls – Sanfida Nongrum, Wandashisha Marwein and Sunalinda Iawren – will take part in the national camp for the trials to be held in Kalyani, West Bengal, from November 3.
Talking to the media Meghalaya Football Association president Arki Nongrum said, ‘All of us at the Meghalaya Football Association are extremely proud of the girls. It was the first time that we sent the girls’ team for the sub-junior Nationals. Even though we didn’t make it too far in the tournament, it’s a win for us that three of our girls have still made it to the trials.’
A total of 51 footballers from all over the country have been selected for the camp that will decide on the Indian team for the prestigious FIFA event. It will be conducted under the watchful eyes of Arjuna Award recipient and veteran India footballer, Oinam Bembem Devi.
While Nongrum and Marwein are midfielders, Iawren plays as a striker for the state team. Nongrum and Iawren represented the state in the recently-concluded National Sub-junior Girls Football Tournament while Marwein has also been a part of the Meghalaya team at the age-group competition of Subroto Cup.
‘To us, promoting women’s football at the moment is not about winning championships. The objective is to give them the platform to express them and to expose their talents. Meghalaya is a huge talent pool of football and it’s a blessing that the girls have been selected,’ added Nongrum.