Being a woman, Krishna Rani Sarkar once had to digest many harsh words in the football game. Family members also did not spare bitter words. But that Krishna is now the best female football player. Bangladesh became the clear women’s football champion with her two goals.
National women’s football team striker Krishna Rani Sarkar is the daughter of Vasudev Sarkar and Namita Rani Sarkar of North Pathalia village of Shimla Union in Gopalpur Upazila, a remote area of Tangail.
Krishna is the eldest of the two siblings. Younger brother Palash Sarkar is studying in first year at Green University of Dhaka. Krishna is also currently studying in a university. Earlier, Krishna Rani Sarkar completed SSC from Gopalpur Suti VM Pilot Model High School. Football is also known as a student of that school.
Krishna’s mother Namita Rani Sarkar said in a tone of regret, ‘Those who used to speak harshly about my daughter’s football game, are now coming to congratulate her. This feeling cannot be expressed in words.
He also said, I am very happy to know that my daughter has been able to protect the honor of the country. He asked the countrymen to pray for Krishna’s beautiful future.
Krishna’s father Vasudev Sarkar said, ‘Krishna was interested in playing football since childhood. Latif R. Bapan Sir, the retired Headmaster of Gopalpur Suti VM School has given him a lot of encouragement after seeing his interest and technique in playing football. The current Gopalpur Upazila Parishad Chairman Thandu has given full cooperation. With their encouragement, inspiration and cooperation, my daughter Krishna Rani Sarkar is now the pride of the country.’
He said, ‘People did not like girls’ sports. Krishna and I have come under various criticisms. But ignoring those words, I inspired Krishna to continue playing football. Today that Krishna has increased the honor of our village. I am proud of his success.’
Jamal Basni, member of Ward No. 1 of Shimla Union, said, ‘Krishna had to continue playing football through various social obstacles and adversities. Now he has made this village known in many countries including the country.’
Gopalpur Suti VM Pilot Model High School sports teacher Golam Raihan Bapan said, ‘Krishna’s football game is in my hands. He was a student of our school. From the beginning of the training I have seen the mastery of Krishna’s game. Saw the intense pace of running with the ball with intense desire. Seeing his talent, I believed he would do well.’
National competition started in 2011 with Bangmata football. Then age-wise, Krishna made it to the national women’s football team after captaining the under-16 champion team in 2016, including the tour of Sri Lanka in 2013.
Gopalpur Suti VM Govt High School Principal Atiqur Rahman. He said, ‘Krishna Rani Sarkar passed SSC by getting GP-5 from our school in 2014. He was brilliant in studies as well as in football. He has protected the honor of our district and the country. Krishna is now an idol for the girls of the country.’
Parvez Mallik, the upazila executive officer of Gopalpur, said, “Krishna is not only the pride of Gopalpur or Tangail, but the pride of the entire country.” His rise through the Bangamata Football Tournament. We will give him a grand reception after he returns home.’
Tangail-2 (Gopalpur Bhuyapur) Constituency Member of Parliament Tanveer Hasan Chhota Monir said, ‘Village girls do not want to come to sports. But Krishna rose from a remote area to become a national star today. She is now an example to develop the talent of village girls. I wish him every success in the future.’
Bangladesh women’s football team crowned South Asia’s best after winning the SAFF Championship 3-1 at Dasharath Rangshala Stadium in Kathmandu, Nepal on Monday (September 19). Striker Krishna Rani Sarkar scored two goals.
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