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

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

Ahead of South Asian Heritage Month, British-Pakistani Mahmood spoke to a major platform in her first interview 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.

That caught the attention of scouts trying to rebuild Pakistani women’s football after the international suspension of the Pakistan Football Federation was recently lifted by FIFA due to improper third-party interference.

Sources close to Mahmood have shared this Sky sports news The 18-year-old feels “honoured” to be considered by Pakistan for international selection. Sky sports news has also been said that the forward is currently solely focused on continuing her development as a footballer to try to fulfill her potential.

Pakistan, who have not played an international match since 2014, are assembling a team that will compete in the South Asia Football Confederation Women’s Championship in Nepal next month.

Former England Colleges international Mahmood has become a fan favorite at the club and was 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 forward has impressed in pre-season by scoring three goals in four friendlies despite not playing 90 minutes in those games.

West Brom open their National League Northern Premier Division on August 21 at home to Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest, who are aiming for promotion to the FA Women’s Championship.

Jhamat is set to join Coventry United

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Simran Jhamat trains alongside Afghanistan international Maz Kouhyar at Sporting Khalsa (Photo: Dev Trehan)

Pioneering England youth international Simran Jhamat will make an emotional return to Coventry United. Sky sports news understands.

Sky sports news It was revealed last year that Jhamat left Lewes FC for Bristol City Women, becoming the club’s first player with South Asian roots.

The 21-year-old is now ready to start the new season at Coventry United, who beat all odds to retain their championship status at Watford’s expense in one of the most dramatic results of the English league campaign on the final day of last season.

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

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Coventry United’s Mollie Green scored a free-kick from 35 yards with the final kick of the game to ensure her side beat Watford to be relegated their opponents while their team stayed in the Championship!

Hailing from Walsall, Jhamat was spotted at local club Sporting Khalsa at youth level before being signed on by the Aston Villa Girls’ Center of Excellence, where she spent seven seasons before joining Liverpool in 2017.

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

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Jhamat has earned international recognition at various age groups of England youth and became the first Punjabi girl to score at competitive level for England U17s when she netted in a 6-0 qualifying win over 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 team-mate Roop Kaur Bath by joining West Ham’s youth squad.

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

The Berkshire-born Chaudhry is 16 months younger than Kaur Bath but played alongside the Hammers midfielder for the London Bees Under-16 side in more than one Junior Premier League game last season.

The West Ham United Foundation, which runs the club’s football programs for girls up to the age of 16, has just been named one of 60 centers for emerging girls nationwide. Seven of these licenses were granted in London.

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The FA Director of Women’s Football Baroness Sue Campbell believes meaningful change for different communities at the elite end of women’s football could take years and admits the current system of talent identification and recruitment shuts out many people

Attacking midfielder Chaudhry, who is backed by the partnership between Sporting Equals and Sky Sports, played for Wycombe Wanderers and QPR before trying her hand at the 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 the esteemed manager Alfie Crickmar.

How Sky is trying to change something

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

The glaring lack of ethnic diversity at the top of women’s football was clearly brought into focus during the Women’s Euros as England fielded an all-white starting XI in all six games of the tournament.

Sky Sports recognized and began taking action in 2020 as part of its £30m commitment to combat systemic racism and make a difference in communities across the UK to address the lack of diversity in women’s football.

Sky Sports has worked with dozens of current and former players from diverse ethnic backgrounds, trying to give them a platform to share their stories to spark the imagination and inspire the next generation of women footballers.

Talent has been identified and directly signposted to the Football Association and clubs within the framework of Sky Sports’ unprecedented commitment to the UK’s South Asians in football, which has also resulted in us dedicating a section of our website to raising awareness of South Asians in football and creating our own ongoing blog.

A number of elite and elite potential players and their families have also been supported with mentoring and access to off-field development opportunities.

Earlier this year, Sky Sports also partnered with Sporting Equals, the country’s largest sports competitions charity, where we supported participation across the country, including the development of the Seeing Is B believe event for the century-old West Londoner Sports club Indian Gymkhana.

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