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Sialkot skipper Attiya Banu refuses to let defeat get to her

There was a noticeable change of performance between teams considered strong and those considered to be relatively weak at the ongoing 13th National Women's Football Championship (NWFC).

Although it showed the tremendous differences between both goals in the championship, it did not disrupt young people.

Attiya Banu, the skipper, and newcomer Sialkot City FC's goalkeeper believe that the scoreline is not a matter of concern. She was confident instead that every game is taught by girls.

The 28-year-old said she believed that her side would be in a high-scoring game at the winning end.

"You will see how we improved with each match if you follow our team at NWFC," said Attiya. "Surely there's hope. We're a new side to compete with top teams, so, how many objectives are scored against us, I don't worry at all. Rather, I'm glad these games offer girls a chance to learn."

The goalkeeper said the ongoing tournament offers young people a good learning opportunity despite giving 32 goals in three matches as each default lets them learn. "Today's results will encourage you to improve tomorrow. This season we are giving dozens, but we can scoring dozens against others soon," she said.

Smiling and remaining energetic on the field, Attiya said that it is her responsibility to maintain the morale of the players as captain of the side.

"Everything about sport is standing up again after it's knocked down," she said. "I focus on the future of this Sialkot team and girls through a learning process. Every goal they score is a new lesson."

The captain of Sialkot, who has a Masters's in Physical Education, also says that it is essential to play with stronger teams to improve your performance.

"We have top professional and seasoned footballer for teams such as WAPDA, army, and KU (Karachi United),," she says. "Other teams have no exposure or experience. Girls will only learn from their experiences if they play against better sides."

Attiya added that while Sialkot is known for manufacturing crickets the girls in the city will this time prove that they can be just as good for soccer and adds that the management of the club faced an uplifted task in order to persuade families of players not permitted to attend the championship.
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