Samiksha is all set to take FC Alakhpura to the best stage the Indian Women’s football club could.The India U-19 International has shown a lot of promise over the past year and will be wishing to continue same momentum at this edition of league football.
Women’s Football has been on rise in India as the senior Indian Women’s Football team has been making statements in the International circuit. Samiksha has been nurturing her skills to realise her dream to perform for the Senior Women’s National Team.
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The forward-cum-defender is the main weapon for her hometown club FC Alakhpura in the 2018-19 season of the Hero Indian Women’s League in Ludhiana, Punjab. Samiksha’s performance will make or break the campaign for the Haryana Club.
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Her versatility has been a key aspect of her game, as she has even played as a central defender for the Indian side in the SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship in Nepal in 2018, and the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Qualifiers in Thailand.
The young footballer reckons this as a learning curve and attributes the Indian Coach for getting the best out of her.
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Speaking about the learning, she said, “The main aspect is that when you are in the heart of defense, you have to keep the entire team in mind, and play according to that. But when you play as a forward, you know that the team is there to feed you the balls, and you need to concentrate on scoring the goals.”
Hailing from the village of Alakhpura, Samiksha is from a family of farmers. The teenage football sensation has over the years, gone on to become one of the central figures in FC Alakhpura’s starting XI.
Haryana has seen girls donning India colors in different sports, many of these have also won Asian or world championship medals. Alakhpura, like everywhere in Haryana, has been quite encouraging to girls, providing them with necessary encouragement.
Coming from a family that makes its meager earnings in rural Haryana, it has not been easy, as Samiksha sought support for a better future. But her exploits in the U-18 SAFF Women’s Championship last year helped her out.
The Haryana Government has a scholarship scheme for players who win medals at the SAFF Championships at any level, and that helped her immensely. “The scholarship support has helped me a lot. We are basically a farming family. We don’t really earn much from that,” she said.
Whether the teenage footballer gets FC Alakhpura to a stage the club would be dreaming about or not, is still to be seen.