The level of Indian women’s football in the country has increased a lot and the players of the team are making headlines with their strong performance. However, playing in the FIFA World Cup is not yet visible. Former captain Oinam Bembem Devi also said the same thing. Bembem believes that the Indian women’s football team has come a long way but it will take another decade to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
Bembem took part in the event on Saturday, the second day of the Kalinga Literature Festival. Participating in a discussion during a session on ‘Empowerment of women through sports and how to strengthen the trend Bembem, who plays the role of a midfielder on the field, said that the support and participation of corporate and private companies have strengthened men’s football in the country.
The Manipuri 41-year-old Bembem, who was coaching women Under 17 football team of India, said, “One of the impediments in the development of women’s football is the lack of awareness about the game, which has been a major hindrance to attract talents.”
Bembem is also known as the ‘Durga of Indian Football’. She is also the first Indian woman footballer to be awarded the Padma Shri award. Bembem also mentioned the challenge and struggle with women footballers at the event.