Mita Akther, a 14-year-old student of grade nine, is now a great source of inspiration to hundreds of young girls of her area. Mita has ventured into the world of football with sheer determination and willpower. Her passion for the game has been visible in all the tournaments she has participated in so far. Mita’s love for the game has driven her to become a soccer star in Nilphamari district.
Mita began her journey of football with her friends in school, however she did not have the opportunity to play professionally. In 2016, Mita came to know about U-15 girls’ football tournament, organized by Plan International Bangladesh, from her school teacher. She got enlisted as a player and got the opportunity to participate in several matches.
Mita’s performance throughout the tournament confirmed her position in the fifteen-day long U-15 girls’ football camp organized by Plan International Bangladesh. At the camp she had the opportunity to learn and acquire knowledge about football from professional coaches.
On February 15, 2017, Mita was selected to play in the final match of U-15 girls’ football tournament. Mita’s team managed to win the match and she was announced the best player of the tournament. “Football is my dream. I want to develop my career in this sector and aspire to be a good football player in future,” said Mita in her speech.
Because of her incredible performance in the tournament, her popularity increased to a great extent and she was selected to play in different tournaments all across Nilphamari district. Even many football experts appreciated her. “Mita is a good football player of Nilphamari district team.
Her performance is quite well. She knows well how to manage a ball and score goal,’’ said Lebu Khan, a member of Nilphamari District Referee Association.
Now Mita is an enlisted player of Nilphamari District Football team and she is regularly practicing with a view to improving her game more and more.
(The writer is working as Communications Specialist in Plan International Bangladesh Rangpur Divisional Office.)