By Malik Riaz Hai Naveed, Founder FootballPakistan.com
We had the chance to talk to Pakistan Women Football Team Captain Hajra Khan, after the teams arrival in Bahrain. Pakistan will play a three match series against the Bahrain National Team to prepare for the upcoming SAFF Cup in Islamabad in November.
-What do you expect from the trip?
HK- It’s going to be quite an experience for everyone on the squad. This is our first friendly tour, the team is young and needs such exposure!
-How Do you rate Bahrain?
HK- I’ll only be able to tell once we play against them. Their FIFA ranking is 83 which is higher than ours, it will definitely be a learning experience for Pakistan.
-How is the camp going on?
HK- Training has been good, we started will 50 girls and now 20 are on tour, Top 25 will resume camp after our Friendlies.
-Which chances to you see for SAFF?
HK- I believe we’re amongst the Top 4 teams in South Asia, we’ve played the semi finals once and with the support from all we hope to perform well with the new team in SAFF Championship next month.
-How does it feel to be captain?
HK- It’s unexplainable. I’ve had a terrific run this year with a gold with BUWFC and SHR, Maldives and it didn’t come easy. I’d say my hardwork finally paid off. I’ve learned quite a lot from Former captain, Sana Mahmud and hope to carry on with a good performance at SAFF with the same passion and determination.
We thank Hajra Khan very much for taking the time.