‘Its only up from here,’ Football Captain Maria Jamila Khan delivers empowering speech, wins hearts

She added that every single player steps up when they have to, and whenever a substitution was made, it visibly impacted the game

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'Its only up from here,' Football Captain Maria Jamila Khan delivers empowering speech, wins hearts

A video clip of Pakistan’s female football team captain, Maria Jamila Khan,  is making rounds on the internet.

Having garnered thousands of views, the video shows the captain deliver a speech for her teammates. Khan said that the tournament is proof that their team belongs at the top level.

“If this tournament doesn’t show you that we belong, then I don’t know what else will. Every single one of you steps up when you needed to step up. People came on, they made a difference in the game,” Khan said.

She added that every single player stepped up when they had to, and whenever a substitution was made, it visibly impacted the game. Maria went on to say that this is the standard and that the team will only get better from here.

“Every single sub that came on made a difference in the game, this is the standard, and we’re only gonna get better. Now, that we’ve seen that every single one of you can step up, it’s upwards and onwards,” the captain remarked.

Maria was awarded the Player of the Tournament in a 4-nation tournament hosted in Saudi Arabia. She became popular after her amazing goal against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

How the people reacted

PM Shehbaz Sharif congratulates the team

PM Shehbaz Sharif congratulated the football team for coming second in the Women’s International Friendly Tournament 2023.

The team landed in Pakistan recently and was received by PFF Normalisation Committee Haroon Malik, along with other NC members. Pakistani team beat Comoros in the opening encounter, but their match against the hosts ended in a draw.

Who is Maria Khan?

Maria Khan is the third-generation hero from the Khans of Nawakille. She is the granddaughter of the Squash legend Hashim Khan, who won 7 British Opens in the 1950s.

When asked about it, Khan remarked that she wondered why she didn’t continue the family tradition of playing squash. She added that squash wasn’t available, and she really enjoyed being a goalkeeper.

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