English club West Ham United Ladies signs Indian women’s team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan

first_imgIndia women’s national football team goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan has been signed by English club West Ham United Ladies. Aditi, who played for the under-19 Indian national women’s team for AFC Qualifiers at Malaysia, becomes the first ever woman from the country to play for an English football club.The club, on Sunday, said that the Indian international goalkeeper was a late addition to their squad during pre-season. West Ham Ladies are currently in the Football Association’s (FA) Women’s Premier League Southern Division, a league in the third level in the women’s football structure in England.CHAUHAN: Indian international goalkeeper Aditi Chaucan was a late addition to our squad during pre-season #COYI pic.twitter.com/H45BAnHNJD West Ham Ladies (@westhamladies) August 16, 2015Chauhan’s football journey began when her school coach asked her to participate in Delhi under-19 team trials.”At the age of 17, I got selected for the under-19 national team camp and was away from home for almost three months for the first time. But I did not let it get to me because my aim was very clear – to be the first-choice goalkeeper for the team. I trained hard and achieved it. I represented the under-19 Indian national women’s team for AFC Qualifiers at Malaysia,” Chauhan was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.Chauhan was praised for her contribution to India winning the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) women’s cup in 2013. The Delhi girl believes in training hard and says that she would train six days a week and the intensity of her training would increase before a national camp. She attributes her ability to grip the ball well to the basketball training she received in school.advertisementChauhan, who chose football as her career option, stresses on the importance of education for girls in the country. The Indian goalkeeper, who is currently pursuing Master of Science degree in sports management from Loughborough University, UK, also represents the university team there.last_img

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