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Bala Devi returns to action for Rangers FC in Scotland

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Indian women's football team forward Bala Devi returned to action in faraway Scotland, coming on a as a second-half substitute in Rangers FC's 5-1 drubbing of Hearts Women FC in the Scottish top-flight. The 30-year-old Manipuri had decided to stay back in Glasgow during the global lockdown, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. She got back into action with Scottish...

Scottish Premier League on halt, Bala Devi working on her fitness

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With COVID-19 pandemic affecting the sporting calendar worldwide, star Indian woman footballer Bala Devi is working on her fitness as she eagerly awaits the re-start of the Scottish Premier League. Bala has been altering her schedule as per the pandemic situation and has kept herself busy doing indoor exercises, yoga, or going for jogging at nearby parks while maintaining social...

Bala Devi to raise funds for child labourers affected by COVID-19

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Trailblazing Indian woman footballer Bala Devi has joined a charity initiative to raise funds for child labourers who will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 30-year-old striker has been roped in by the non-governmental organisation CRY (Child Rights and You) and proceeds from the initiative will go to help provide the children basic education and amenities. "We have always...

Hoping for ISL-style women’s league: Bala Devi

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Star striker Bala Devi says India will have to build on the legacy of hosting the women's U-17 World Cup and Asian Cup if the country is to raise its football standards by a few notches. The 30-year-old senior national team trailblazer is also hoping for an Indian Super League-style women's league in the near future. India will host the...

Bala Devi is an inspiration to all women footballers: AIFF President

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All India Football Federation president Praful Patel has asked the country's women footballers to take inspiration from Bala Devi, who excelled at Scottish Premier League club Rangers. The national team striker from Manipur is currently on a professional contract with Rangers, the first Indian woman footballer to do so. During a virtual interaction with national team players across all age-groups,...

AIFF nominates Sandesh Jhingan and Bala Devi for Arjuna Award

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The All India Football Federation has homed in on national team central defender Sandesh Jhingan and women's team striker N Bala Devi as its nominations for the Arjuna Award, rewarding them for their consistency in recent years. Acting on the Sports Ministry's directive to send nominations for this year's sports awards, the AIFF did not have much trouble in finalising...

Inspired by Bala Devi, Dangmei Grace dreams of playing for Arsenal or Chelsea one day

India’s centre-forward Dangmei Grace, who was adjudged as the Best Emerging Player in 2019 by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), said that Bala Devi’s journey to European club Rangers has motivated the new generation of women footballers to dream big. In a conversation with The Bridge from her hometown in Manipur amid the nationwide lockdown, the 24-year-old also expressed her dream...

Bala Devi hopes to see Indian women’s football team ranked in top 40

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While women’s football has been improving at a rapid pace in India, the national team forward Ngangnom Bala Devi has a vision of breaking into the top 40 in the coming months.  It was not very long ago that women’s football languished on the fringes of international football. Placed 92nd by the end of 2009, the team has come a...

Want to encourage aspiring players back home: Bala Devi

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Her transition into top-flight Scottish football turned out to be "easier than expected" and Indian path-breaker N Bala Devi will next seek to "encourage" aspiring players back home to try playing in the demanding leagues abroad. Earlier this year, the 30-year-old Bala Devi created history when she signed an 18-month contract with renowned Scottish Women's Premier League side Rangers FC,...

Bala Devi joins AFC’s awareness campaign against coronavirus pandemic, urges fans to stay home

Devi is among the latest leading players of the continent to join the Asian Football Confederation's #BreakTheChain video campaign, aimed at raising awareness in the fight against the spread of coeonavirus.