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Stone pelter turns football star; now plans to sporting institutions in Kashmir

Afshan is now captain and goalkeeper of the J&K women's football team

Stone pelter turns football star; now plans to sporting institutions in Kashmir

She was caught in a photograph last year as an angry young girl throwing stones at the Jammu and Kashmir police but she is now a star footballer making her whole journey into an incredible saga.

Now with changed attitude, the girl Afshan Ashiq now not only plays the sport but also helped introduce many young Kashmiri girls to what was hitherto a male-dominated sport.

The photograph got her “noticed” as the “Kashmiri footballer forced to vent her ire by pelting stones”. Meetings with J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti followed, who decided to do her bit to promote both Afshan and women’s football in J&K.

Afshan is now captain and goalkeeper of the J&K women’s football team that is getting exposure at the national level and competing in the Indian Women’s League. The 23-year-old also plays for a Mumbai club and has even inspired a Bollywood biopic on her life.

On Tuesday, Afshan along with her 22-member football team, coach Satpal Singh Kala and manager Tsering Angmo called on Union home minister Rajnath Singh. Afshan told media outlets that she sought the home minister’s intervention to start a Sports Authority of India (SAI) Institute in Kashmir to nourish and train young girls to play football.

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