Bangalore: A quiet revolution is taking place on the playing fields of Bangalore. A group of under-15 girls is getting ready to show the world that Indian girls can and do play football. For the first time ever, a girls' team from India will be heading to the International Children's Games in Canada in mid-August. And they are honing their soccer skills in Bangalore right now.
One of the young players, Drithi, spoke of how people doubt their skills. "Well, a lot of guys say 'Oh can you play football?' or 'Boys are better' but if you play well and ensure that you are confident in playing, you can be better than them," she said.
The girls are training under Valentine Chika Okoli, a Nigerian professional who has made Bangalore his home. Okoli told NDTV, "They are really impressing me, they are picking up very well and we just have to keep polishing them up. I believe soon they will be shining bright. I think women's football is picking up and we just need support from the government and the federation."