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Namrata’s Love for Football

She was caught by Fiji FA Media fully geared as a football player during the Fiji FA Women’s Champion v Champion series at Fiji FA Academy grounds in Vatuwaqa, Suva#Her passion for football caught many by surprise as she was in her boots, shin pads on and running around with the ball outside the ground.#The class five student of Swami Sharddhanand Memorial Primary School said she was there to watch the games and at the same time hope to develop her skills and learn more techniques.#“I really love playing football because this is a sport anyone can play,” Namrata said.# #“It has been a dream of mine to play for my country.”#When asked how she generated her interest in playing football, she says, it was through her elder brother.#“I used to watch my brother playing for the school team in the Under-10 and Under-14 grades. Also I watched the games on television. Sometimes my brother used to play alone and always ask me to help him by passing the ball and that was how I developed my skills.#“I was helping my brother but I didn’t know I will be so attached to football.”#Namrata said football is an enjoyable game to play.#“Everyone plays and it keeps us physically and mentality fit.”#Namrata indicated that her favourite local player is Roy Krishna while internationally she is always a big fan for Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, Rooney and Neymar.#Namrata said she is grateful that her parents are always supporting here.#“My mum, dad and my brother always help me in the playing football and I’m lucky to have them.”#She has called on her peers not to be shy but to come out and play the sport.#Namrata is glad that Fiji FA is giving a chance to young girls to develop their football skills through the development centres.#“I have joined the development Centre in Suva and I love playing with other children, which gives me opportunity to make new friends.”#Namrata’s mum Shaleshni Prasad said her daughter is very much passionate about football.#“When she was in class four, I asked her she wanted for her birthday gift and she told me to buy her a pair of boot which I did,”#“She always watches football on television and play with her brother when he is at home.”#The Mahatma Gandhi High School teacher said her daughter can become a very good football player if she continues with her hard work and determination.#“Her brother Ravishek Prasad used to train alone and she used to help her in training and through that she generated her interest in football.#“We just want her dream to become a reality either she becomes a good player or referee. It will be a heart touching day for both of us,” she said.#Mrs Prasad said apart from football she is also very good with her academic work.#“She is very interested in reading books, writing and also she plays the harmonium and is very keen in watching cartoons.”#Mrs Prasad said Namrata received a ball from the national futsal coach Intiaz Khan last Saturday and she slept with it the whole night. #Mrs Prasad praised Fiji FA for taking the development programme right to the grassroots level.#

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