Ngangom Bala Devi, the former captain of the Indian national women’s team, has once again become the talk of the town after scoring an incredible goal in a 5-0 victory over Spartans in the ongoing Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) 1 season. Read more about the AFC award here.

When she scored for Rangers in a 9-0 victory over Motherwell in December 2020, she became the first Indian woman to score in a professional league in Europe. Devi was nominated for International Player of the Week by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) at the time, and he secured it with 50 percent of the vote.

The 31-year-old, who was nominated by AFC for the same award again in the most recent poll, spoke to the media on Friday.

AFC Award | Bala On Number 10 Jersy

“It’s important to make a call immediately as a striker. When I first got the ball, my first instinct was to move it on. But then I considered taking the shot instead. I’ve previously been nominated by the AFC for International Player of the Week, and I received a lot of support from Indian football and Rangers supporters. I’ve already been nominated this week. I’m ecstatic that there is so much love for women’s football,” she exclaimed.

Bala, on the other hand, has adapted to a new job at Rangers. Despite having scored over 100 goals in domestic football in India. 

“Over here, I’ve been playing as a forward or as a number 10. Which is also a good fit for me. The benefit of playing number 10 is that you can both score and pass. As a result, the number ten slots are ideal for me. I believe that setting goals are important to help the team. So I like setting targets,” she grumbled.

Bala Devi Future at Rangers FC

Bala Devi signed an 18-month contract with Rangers on January 29, 2020. The team competes for the SWPL 1 title, just four points behind Glasgow City with four games remaining.

Gokulam Kerala, the IWL champions last season, will represent India in the AFC’s eight-team pilot competition. Dubbed the AFC Women’s Champions League in 2013. Which will take place between October 30 and November 14 this year.

In addition, India has been named as the host country for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2022.


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