In all the time we spent with our community of women players, we have come to understand and acknowledge what sports means to them and the love they have for their game from a perspective that we could not have understood if it weren’t for our constant interaction with them. Girls as young as 16 with great passion for playing, and an even greater dream to make it big in sports, all these young set of players want to do is play as much as they can, partake in as many tournaments as possible, and represent their teams and country in a much larger stage.
With not a lot of women centric futsal tournaments hosted, the Mahila Premier League (MPL) organized by The WE United Project is a prominent league as it’s been hosted annually since 2017. A competitive league, featuring a selected women’s team, WePlay was overwhelmed to be a part of the participating team for the fourth edition of MPL.
Over the course of 6-weeks of MPL IV held from 5th March 2022 – 9th April 2022, we got to live a whole new experience like nowhere else. What was meant to be a tournament felt more like a coming together of like-minded women who have equal love and respect for one another, despite being on different teams and competing for the same title. We also encountered so many players – all from different stages of life, different backgrounds and different aspirations, bonding over the same love for playing.
We loved being a part of the MPL this year and watching our girls play their games. We loved having new players added to our Team, having experienced new feats, and learning a lot from the rest of the participating teams and players. Our players, Sujita Ghalan (Captain), Deepa Shahi, Bimala Gurung, Jharana Bayung Rai (GK), Jenifer Rana Magar, Sristy Lama, Sadhavi Malla, Bandana Pun Magar, Anjana Majhi (GK) and Yasodha Shahi Thakuri (GK) all played to their strengths, represented themselves as our core players and displayed team spirit throughout the league.
Securing sixth position in the league with 18 goals forwarded, with our Team Captain Sujita Ghalan scoring 7 goals, the MPL served a highly valuable experience to us and our players.