West Brom Women contacted about Mariam Mahmood’s availability in Pakistan with Simran Jhamat set for Coventry United | Football news

West Brom Women have been contacted about Mariam Mahmood’s availability to play for Pakistan following the striker’s recent interview with Sky Sports News.

Ahead of South Asian Heritage Month in his first interview with a major platform, British-Pakistani Mahmood opened up about Sky Sports News about her love for West Brom, where she has come through the ranks and established herself as an important part of the first-team squad.

This caught the attention of scouts trying to rebuild Pakistan women’s football after the Pakistan Football Association’s international suspension for undue third-party interference was recently overturned by FIFA.

Sources close to Mahmood have said so Sky Sports News The 18-year-old is “honoured” to be considered for international selection by Pakistan. Sky Sports News have also been told that the striker’s only focus right now is to continue her development as a footballer to try and fulfill her potential.

Pakistan, who have not played an international match since 2014, are putting together a squad to play in the South Asian Football Confederation Women’s Championship in Nepal, which starts next month.

Former England College international Mahmood has become a fan favorite at the club and recently featured in West Brom’s kit launch for the new season.

Highly rated by West Brom director of football Dave Lawrence and manager Jenny Sugarman, the striker has impressed in pre-season, scoring three goals in four friendlies despite not playing 90 minutes in those games.

West Brom open their National League Northern Premier Division campaign at home to Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest on August 21 as they aim for promotion to the FA Women’s Championship.

Jhamat to join Coventry United

Simran Jhamat trains with Afghanistan international Maz Kouhyar at Sporting Khalsa (photo: Dev Trehan)

Trailblazing England youth international Simran Jhamat is set to make an emotional return to Coventry United, Sky Sports News understand.

Sky Sports News revealed last year that Jhamat had left Lewes FC to join Bristol City Women, becoming the first player of South Asian heritage in the club’s history.

The 21-year-old is now ready to start the new campaign at Coventry United, who defied all odds to retain their Championship status at the expense of Watford on the final day of last season in one of the most dramatic finishes to the Premier League campaign. ever.

Coventry went into administration and were deducted 10 points last January before being rescued by local businessman Lewis Taylor. They were bottom for most of the season and needed a win at Watford, with Mollie Green finally scoring an incredible winner in the 97th minute with the last kick of the game.

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Coventry United’s Mollie Green scored a free kick from 35 yards with the last kick of the game to ensure the team beat Watford to relegate their opponents while keeping their team in the Championship!

Hailing from Walsall, Jhamat was spotted playing for local club Sporting Khalsa at junior level, before being snapped up by Aston Villa’s Girls’ Center of Excellence where she spent seven seasons before joining Liverpool in 2017.

The Sikh-Punjabi striker spent a year at Leicester City, followed by a six-month spell at Coventry United in 2020, before moving south to Lewes.

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Jhamat has achieved international recognition across various youth age groups in England and became the first Punjabi girl to score at competitive level for England U17s when she secured a 6-0 Euro qualifying win against Slovakia.

Chaudhry follows Kaur Bath to West Ham

Azwa Chaudhry in action for the London Bees Academy
Azwa Chaudhry in action at the London Bees Academy

Meanwhile, Azwa Chaudhry has followed former London Bees teammate Roop Kaur Bath’s path by joining West Ham’s youth set-up.

Kaur Bath hit the headlines earlier this month after joining West Ham’s WSL academy full-time, before being handed his first-team debut by manager Paul Konchesky in a pre-season friendly against Hashtag United aged just 16 years and 11 days.

Berkshire-born Chaudhry is 16 months Kaur Bath’s junior, but featured alongside the Hammers midfielder for the London Bees Under-16s in more than one Junior Premier League game last season.

The West Ham United Foundation, which runs the club’s under-16 girls football programmes, has just been named one of 60 Girls’ Emerging Talent Centers nationwide. Seven of these licenses are granted in London.

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Attacking midfielder Chaudhry, who is backed by the Sporting Equals and Sky Sports partnership, played at Wycombe Wanderers and QPR before her trial at London Bees, where she immediately impressed the coaches with her ball control and shooting ability.

She now begins the next chapter of her journey with West Ham under respected manager Alfie Crickmar.

How Sky is trying to make change

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Sky Sports announced a partnership with Sporting Equals to support the charity’s ambition to inspire more opportunities for British South Asians in football, particularly in the women’s game.

The striking lack of ethnic diversity at the elite end of the women’s game was brought into sharp focus during the Women’s European Championship, with England fielding an all-white starting XI in all six of their matches at the tournament.

Sky Sports recognized and began taking steps to address the lack of diversity in the women’s game back in 2020 as part of their £30m commitment to tackle systemic racism and make a difference in communities across the UK.

Sky Sports has worked with dozens of current and former players from different ethnic backgrounds and has tried to give them a platform to share their stories to try and capture the imagination to inspire the next generation of female footballers.

Talent is identified and signed directly to the Football Association and clubs that are part of it Sky Sports’ unprecedented commitment to British South Asians in football, which has also seen us dedicate a section of our website to raising awareness of South Asians in the game, creating a dedicated rolling blog.

A number of elite female players and potential elite players and their families have also been supported with guidance and access to development opportunities off the pitch.

Earlier this year, Sky Sports also partnered with the country’s biggest running charity, Sporting Equals, which has seen us support participation across the country, including designing the ‘Seeing Is Believing’ event for the century-old Indian Gymkhana sports club in west London.

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For more stories, features and videos, visit our groundbreaking South Asians in Football page on skysports.com and the South Asians in the Game blog and stay tuned to Sky Sports News and our Sky Sports digital platforms.

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