Aditi Chauhan, the goalkeeper of the U-19 Indian Women’s Football Team has signed a deal with West Ham United for 2015/16 season and makes her name in the history books as the first Indian to play in the premier level of English Premier League, arguably the best league in the world.
Aditi Chauhan: The First Indian Lady To Play in the EPL
The regular goalkeeper of her school team first caught the eyes of her school coach and he asked her to join the trials for U-19 national women’s team and she got selected. She got huge acclamations for her performances in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) women’s cup in 2013 where she played a major role as the team won the tournament.
She is a late edition in the West Ham Ladies team for this season. The English club is now playing in the Women’s Premier League Southern Division of Football Association’s (FA) which is a league in the third level in the women’s football in England. The club officials are excited to take the Indian player in their squad. They twitted,
“Great news for Indian football! West Ham have signed Indian int’l goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan for their ladies team.”
“CHAUHAN: Plenty of love on Twitter today for our new Indian international goalkeeper @aditi03chauhan from back home in India! Hi all! #COY.”
The Indian national team twitted on this occasion,
“Indian women’s team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan signs with West Ham Ladies!
Great news guys!”
Chauhan was brought up in Delhi from her 9 year age. As enthusiastic kid he participated in various sports from Karate to Basketball. She also represented her school in youth state level tournaments. It is her skill in basketball which helped her gripping of ball and to achieve an athletic agility. Then the school coach’s convincing change the course of her life.
Being a football fan in a nation with a poor and struggling National football team is always a hard thing to live with. There are only a few footballers from India made to some of the leagues of the few European countries but not the top ones. So it is pretty huge when a player from our nation made it to the EPL and its impact is very much larger than anything. More young ones from our country will now have the courage to dream for the biggest thing in the world football. The football will get more recognition and support from the country’s far corners and the hope to be in the elite group of world football for Indian football fanatics will still there.