Kirkuk: girls football team at the top of Iraqi league 

August 17, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Kirkuk girls football team has come first in Iraq for the fourth consecutive year (Photograph: Kirkuknow)

Dyar Talib

Hanan’s family have supported her in playing football for a football team in Kirkuk. She is grateful for the support she has received from her family. Itis thanks to Hanan and girls like her that the education team in Kirkuk has managed to come first in Iraqi league for the fourth consecutive year.

Hanan Tahsin, 16, is the goal keeper of the team and she has been playing for six years. “Our families support us and therefore we should try and score high as well as been successful in our education,”  Hanan told Kirkuknow.

The girls Education Team were rewarded by the Cultural House in Kirkuk on Sunday (13 August) for coming first amongst other Iraqi teams in the education sector.

“We came first in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 in Iraq and this year we also came first across the Kurdistan region amongst other teams playing in the education sector,” said Qassim Jamil, the trainer of the Kirkuk team.

Hanan Tahsin, 16, Kirkuk team goalkeeper (photograph: Kirkuknow)

The Kirkuk team for girls was established in 2002 and has raised many good players who are playing at various teams in Iraq. “The players have to divide their time between studying and training,” said Amina Jabar, 15 who is considered a good striker for scoring many goals. Amina emphasises the support she and other girls receive from their families.

While the Kirkuk team has been very successful, they face problems, the biggest of which is the fact that they do not have a stadium or a place to do their training.

“In general in Iraq and Kirkuk,  there is no belief in girls being able to play, the attention is towards the boys and girls are forgotten,” said the trainer of Kirkuk team.

Hanan is proud of playing for Kirkuk and calls on other families not to create obstacles for their daughters if they want to play football.

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