Pakistan football team striker Shahlyla Baloch dies in Karachi car crash

Supporters recall Baloch as an individual who helped women's football gain momentum in Pakistan.

Published: 13th October 2016 02:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th October 2016 02:55 PM   |  A+A-

Shahlyla Baloch dies in car crash

Pakistani forward Shahlyla Baloch (L) is in action during a football match. (File | AFP)


KARACHI: Pakistan women's football team striker Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch died in a car crash in Karachi late Wednesday night.

Baloch's body will be taken to Kalat for burial, reports the Dawn.

Born in 1996, Baloch was also a striker on the Balochistan women's football team. Her sister Raheela Zarmain is associated with the football team as a manager. 

Their mother, Senator Rubina Irfan, has been the chairperson of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Women’s Wing. Her father has also been a provincial minister.

Supporters say Baloch was one of the most active members of the team and recall her as an individual who helped women's football gain momentum in Pakistan.

Both sisters reached a significant level of recognition in the country.

Their mother, who led the founding of the team, has said she involved her daughters to inspire other parents.

Baloch started playing football as a seven year old and had received the FIFA's youngest players award.


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