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Disha Malhotra: Delhi Girl set for US trials

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954   //    26 Aug 2010, 18:26 IST

India’s Disha Malhotra has been invited for trials to US 3rd Division women soccer club Mississippi College Women Soccer Club, who play in the NCAA Division III All-West Region.

The 18 year old from Delhi could make history if signed by the women’s team based in the US. Only last month Disha was denied the chance to create history by playing in a Delhi Soccer Association organised ‘A’ Division league match for men for the United Young Boys team against Veterans Club at the Ambedkar Stadium. Though there are no official rules which could have denied her taking part the present officials ensured she didn’t play the game.

“I will put my best efforts to create the space in first team. This is my short term goal,” said Disha, a student of Sanskriti School at Chanakyapuri, before leaving for the United States.

The 5 foot 4 inch only girl has received professional training for over a year at the Insegnare Calcio Academy in Italy, where she upgraded her techniques and footballing skills. She has played for the India Under-19 girls side and also has represented the junior sides of Delhi state in national championships.

If Disha makes it in Mississippi then she follows in the footsteps of fellow Delhiite Sunil Chhetri, who signed a professional contract in the US earlier in the year. And it is great to see Disha trying to fulfil her professional dream.

All the best for her endeavours! And I hope she succeeds.

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