A controversy erupted during the ongoing SAIF Women’s Championship in Kathmandu, when a Pakistani journalist objected to his team’s players wearing shorts. This incident happened shortly after the Pakistani team defeated Maldives by a margin of seven goals. This was the first victory for the Pakistan team in the SAFF Championship after a long wait of eight years, but the reporter preferred to focus on the players’ kit rather than the game.

In the post-match press conference, the journalist asked the manager and other officials of the Pakistan team, ‘As you know we belong to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which is an Islamic country. So I want to ask why these girls are wearing shorts, why not leggings?’

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Coach gave a befitting reply

On this question, the coach of the team, Adil Rizki was surprised and he said that everyone should be progressive in sports. Adil said, ‘As far as the dress is concerned, we never tried to stop anyone. This is something that we do not control. A debate started on social media after the journalist asked such questions.

Pakistani people also came out in support of the team.

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People strongly reprimanded the journalist for focusing on the clothes instead of the achievements of the players. Also praised British-born Pakistani footballer Nadia Khan, who scored four out of seven goals against Maldives. TV anchor Anushi Ashraf, squash player Noorena Shams and many others came out in support of players and reprimanded the journalist for his narrow mindedness.

Many others criticized him saying that he should not have covered the event if he had problems seeing players in shorts. Football activities in Pakistan have recently resumed as FIFA has lifted the ban on the Pakistani Football Association. In such a situation, Pakistani teams have been allowed to participate in international and regional events.

India lost in the semi-finals

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Talking about the Indian women’s football team in the SAIF Championship, it lost 0-1 in the semi-finals. Rashmi Kumari Ghising scored the only goal for Nepal. The defeat meant that it would be the first time in the history of the SAIF Women’s Championship that India would not play in the final. The Indian women’s football team had won all the five previous edition titles since the tournament’s inception in 2010.

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