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Women's football in India is picking up pace, says Rangers FC's Bala Devi

The player recently became the first Indian woman football player to score in a professional European football league. The forward joined the Scottish club Rangers FC in January 2020

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Arindam Roy  |  New Delhi 

Bala Devi, Rangers FC player, Indian national football team
Bala Devi

It’s not every day that Indians hear that one of their fellow nationals has scored a goal in a European professional league. But Indian national women’s team forward Bala Devi made it possible when she scored on her debut for Scottish Club Rangers FC against Motherwell. The 30-year-old Indian forward, who has scored 55 goals for the national team, says she understands the responsibility on her shoulders when she is playing abroad and the impetus it can give to the future of women’s in India. In this interview with Arindam Roy, Bala Devi, talks about her career, life in Scotland, and the future of women’s in India. Edited excerpts:

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First Published: Fri, January 01 2021. 10:54 IST