New Delhi, 26 November (Agency)
Indian women’s footballer Manisha Kalyan has termed the goal scored in the match against Brazil in the four-nation tournament in Manaus as a “sweet cake”. Manisha scored the only goal for the Indian women’s team. India did not allow a strong Brazil team to score many goals till the end of the first half, although they later lost 1-6. Winger Manisha scored India’s equalizer in the eighth minute with a left foot, before Deborah Oliveira gave the 2007 World Cup runners-up the lead in the first minute of the match. “Playing against Brazil was a dream come true for me and scoring a goal against them was ‘sone pe suhaga’,” Manisha said.
After the match, Manisha was seen photographing Brazilian midfielder Formiga Mota. “To be on the same pitch with him (Formiga) was a huge achievement. I hope we can learn from this experience and do better in the next match. “We knew that it would be a difficult match against a team like Brazil. But as soon as we got on the field, we forgot about the pressure. We have to do the same in the upcoming matches and play without any pressure. Like many women footballers in the world, Manisha’s journey here has been full of challenges. Talking about the difficulties in her career, Manisha, from the small village of Mugoval in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab, said, “I have been playing since I was 13 years old. I decided to switch from athletics to football on the advice of my coach Brahji sir. It was very interesting for me to see ‘team work’ in football and I fell in love with the sport. No one in his village supported his decision to become a footballer but he got the full support of his parents.