The Indian Women’s Football Team has reached Bangladesh, where it will start its campaign from Friday. India’s first match will be against Bhutan.
New Delhi: Asansol’s Tanya Kanti has been selected in the Indian team for the Women’s Football Championship of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF). A total of 23 players have been selected in India’s Under-20 football team. Tanya is the midfielder of the team. The championship will begin on Friday, February 3 in neighboring Bangladesh. Tanya plays for Royal Bengal Challengers Football Camp in Salanpur, Asansol. Tanya is very happy on being selected in the national team.
Tanya Kanti has reached Bangladesh with the team. Coming from a poor family in Cooch Behar’s Dinhata, the path was not easy for Tanya. Father Bhajan Kanti is a car driver by profession while his mother Shampa is a homemaker. Kanti also has three sisters. He had a dream of becoming a football player since his childhood. But due to financial constraints, he had to face many difficulties in fulfilling this dream.
Tanya gave a trial in a football camp in Kolkata. Football coach Sanjib Bauri recognized Tanya’s potential. Even though he did not get a chance there, Bauri included him in his well-organised Royal Bengal Challengers Football Camp. Bauri trains hundreds of women footballers for free. Bauri Ki has made children from socially backward families and tribals into national level football players.
Bauri recruited Tanya to a residential football camp, kept her there and trained her. Tanya was admitted to a girls’ school in Chittaranjan to continue her studies. Tanya is currently in class XI. Midfielder Tanya has been training at the academy for three years. First he represented the Bengal team in the Under 17 National Championship.