Ripa then won the SAFF U-15, FC U-16, U-17, U-18 and SAFF U-19 championships in 2021. In 2017, when I watched Sabina Apu, Maria, Krishna, Sanjeeda play on TV, I also dreamed that Ripa would play with them one day. Exactly four years later, in 2021, Ripa was the top scorer and the best player. The entire team contributed the most.
Now tell the story of yesterday’s clear champions.
Sabina Apu has faced many obstacles from the society to develop herself as a footballer after many obstacles. I don’t know if it would have been possible to win the title today without family support.
Maria has no father, the responsibility of the family is now in the hands of Maria. Maria, Krishna Ankhi, Sapna, Shiuli, Sanjeeda, Masura, Neela, Ritu, Monika, Anai, Anuching, Shamsunnahar (Sr., Shamsunnahar (Jr.) and others who were part of the team, grew up with hardship. Each of them Growing up in the village, and having a hard time since childhood. Everyone’s story is similar to that of my younger sister Ripa. I supported Ripa as an elder brother.
Many don’t even have older brothers. They heard from relatives why girls play football? Has anyone thought about their family’s mental stress? Today they go and celebrate the trophy and support the family. This is the reality of society.
I read Sanjeeda’s Facebook status the day before yesterday, it also went viral yesterday.
– We want to win this for all the dreamers who are willing to embrace this dream of ours. We want to repay the absolute support. Let’s not stand with the championship trophy in an open-top bus, let’s leave aside the society’s tips, but want to win it for the people who have helped us touch the green grass. This success of ours may help us to get some new Sabina, Krishna, Maria. I want to make this road of Anuj’s friend easier.
My house is near the mountain. I have seen from close quarters the fighting mentality of the mountain brothers, the poor and hard-working people of rural Bengal. In the final, we will not be fighting on the field as a footballer, there will be a team of 11 warriors on the field, many of whom have come so far after losing their father, taking the last possessions of their mother, selling their sister’s jewelry, many of them being the only source of income for the family.