Inspiring Journey of Pakistani Footballer
She was born on December 29, 1993, in Karachi, Pakistan.
From an early age, Hajra’s dream was to become a
professional athlete but not a footballer.
She was discovered by Diya Women Football Club coach Sadia Sheikh when she was looking for provincial a team.
She debuted aged 14 and scored nine goals in three games for DWFC,
Later in 2009, she again won the Top Scorer of the Tournament award
at the 5th National Football Championship where she scored 8 goals in 3 matches.
She emerged as the Best Player of the Tournament at
the 6th National Football Championship ’10.
Hajra again became the Top Scorer of the Tournament at the 8th
National Football Championship with 10 goals in 3 matches.
She created a record of winning 5 national awards in
Hajra is also a member of Pakistan National Netball Team &
has won a bronze medal at the South Asian Beach Games in Hambantota, Sri Lanka in 2011.
She has also represented Pakistan at the Salwan International Marathon in India
holding 47th position out of 7000 participants at just the age of 11.
Strength is much more than a trivial physical feature for Hajra.
She became the first Pakistani woman to make an
Hajra finishes her degree in international relations from the London School of Economics
Being a Pakistani international footballer that opportunity
was an important milestone in her career, she said.
It’s no secret that today our football team is full of empowered
and ambitious young women from all parts of the country.
She is dreaming of creating an NGO to combat the stigma
of mental illness among professional athletes.
“Pakistan women’s football is improving and
now we have foreign players coming to play as well.
It is a great opportunity for us.” – Hajra Khan