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Indian Women’s national team meets Bollywood biggies

Indian Women's national team meets Bollywood biggies

Indian Women’s national team meets Bollywood biggies

When a Saturday practice match 3-2 win becomes the topic of discussion for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and his B-town friends, you know that the Senior Women’s National Team has received the perfect ‘kick’ for their Asian Games campaign.

A day after the India Women’s Team – currently rehearsing for the 2014 Incheon Games at the Cooperage Stadium in Mumbai – played their practice match which they won 3-2 against U-17 and U-19 Boys of the Football Leaders Academy, a charity football game was organised by Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira involving a host of other Bollywood celebrities at the Cooperage on Sunday.

“We were invited by WIFA (Western Indian Football Association),” Indian Women’s national team head coach Tarun Roy informed.

“The girls had a wonderful time and the Bollywood stars were very generous too. We were showed a lot of respect,” Roy added.

Goalkeeping coach Chitra Gangadharan added that it was actor Abhishek Bachchan’s gesture that impressed them the most.

“He walked up to us after their match and asked us to introduce ourselves. He later invited us on the podium and introduced us to the crowd as the national team preparing for the Asian Games. It was so nice of him.”

“Indeed it was a proud moment for us and we surely need such icons to promote women’s football in the country,” added the former India captain.

Aamir’s team won 4-2 against Abhishek’s boys in the match played for an NGO that supports stray animals.

“I am a big Abhishek fan,” quipped midfielder Swati Rawat.

“He was so sweet too. He led us to the stage and introduced us to the crowd. The way he said ‘this is the national team preparing for Asian Games’ was so full of warmth. I loved it,” added the Delhi girl.

“I love Hrithik (Roshan). So his presence made my day. The stars were so nice with us. We told them about our match yesterday and they even enquired about our preparations and wished us luck. It was really motivating,” India captain Tuli Goon told AIFF Media.

“Salman’s interest for football is well known. It was good to see him take out time from his busy schedule and speak to us,” iconic female footballer Bembem Devi reflected.

“Few of our girls are big fans of Salman and are eagerly waiting for his Eid release.”

The girls clicked pictures with the stars apart from watching the game. “We asked them how much would you rate say a Abhishek Bachchan and they would say 12 out of 10 even if he stood standstill. They were so mesmerized,” shared Roy.

A day before the gala Sunday rendezvous with film stars, the women’s national team rallied to a 3-2 win over the U-17 and U-19 boys with midfielders Kamala Devi, Sasmita Malik and forward Parmeshwori Devi getting on the scoresheet either side of half-time after falling behind in the first half.

“It’s always good to get some match practice on weekends and translate the drills in the practice sessions,” Roy maintained.

“The girls are getting along well. I am looking forward to more such matches,” the gaffer signed off.

(Report & Picture courtesy AIFF Media)