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Our resident knowledgeable Dev Trehan brings you a particular bumper version of South Asians in Soccer Weekly after a momentous week within the sport…

Final week received off to a flyer as Sky Sports activities Information completely revealed that trailblazing former Liverpool and Bristol Metropolis ahead Simran Jhamat had joined West Brom.

The attacker received her first begin for her new membership within the FA Girls’s Northern Premier conflict away at Liverpool Feds, with Jhamat successful the nook from which West Brom’s solely objective got here from in a 2-1 loss.

Mariam Mahmood, who has had 4 objective contributions in 4 West Brom matches this time period, additionally featured within the sport, approaching as a first-half substitute for the Baggies.

Kira Rai – who options alongside Jhamat and Mahmood within the first-ever timeline and show, documenting the journey of South Asian heritage gamers within the fashionable ladies’s sport – constructed on her spectacular current displaying in opposition to Liverpool Feds by sparking Derby County’s comeback in a spectacular 7-1 win in opposition to Stourbridge.

The Sikh-Punjabi attacker got here off the bench to get an help in opposition to Liverpool Feds, and was rewarded with a begin in opposition to Stourbridge, who took the lead on the Dom Amott Area by means of Niamh Deasy.

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Kira Rai options in a first-of-its-kind timeline and show documenting the historical past of South Asian heritage feminine gamers. The Derby County star hopes it might assist enhance variety within the ladies’s sport and encourage extra ladies who seem like her

However when a precision cross early within the second half from Rai was transformed by Charlotte Steggles, the floodgates opened – with Maria Timms and Eleanor Ashton scoring two apiece as Sam Griffiths’ facet picked up their first factors of the season in model.

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Fort William cult hero Shadab Iftikar was additionally within the information final week as he made a return to frontline teaching after being appointed as the brand new supervisor of the Pakistan U19 facet.

Iftikar grew to become the primary British South Asian ever to handle in senior Scottish soccer when he took on a six-month spell at Scottish Highland League facet Fort William, ending in Could final 12 months.

However like many South Asian heritage managers, Preston-born Iftikar has struggled to get a possibility domestically and he’ll now proceed his journey as head coach of Pakistan’s U19s.

It has been a whirlwind fortnight for Birmingham-born Pakistan worldwide midfielder Rahis Nabi.

Nabi noticed a profitable transfer to Belgian facet to Eendracht Aalst fall by means of on the final minute, however the former England U17 worldwide has now accomplished a transfer to Nicosia-based Cypriot facet Digenis. Nabi’s elder brother Adil can also be enjoying in Nicosia, with the ahead already selecting up three MVP awards this time period at Doxa Katokopias.

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Zidane Iqbal paid tribute to his pals, household and coaches on social media after Sky Sports activities Information revealed he had change into the primary British South Asian ever to play for Manchester United at senior stage

It was per week of blended fortunes for former Manchester United teen Zidane Iqbal, who was despatched off late on in Iraq’s penalty shootout win in opposition to India within the semi-final of the Kings Cup.

Iqbal, whose father is British-Pakistani, picked up a purple card after catching Brandon Fernandes with a stray arm, which noticed him miss Sunday’s closing in Bangkok. Iraq ended up lifting the trophy although, beating host nation Thailand on penalties within the closing.

There was additionally a historic second throughout Apollon’s match with Samegrelo within the first spherical of UEFA Girls’s Champions League qualifying, with 21-year-old Manisha Kalyan turning into the primary Indian ever to attain within the competitors in a 3-0 win for Apollon that noticed the Cypriot facet progress to the following spherical of qualifying.

Goalkeeper Rohan Luthra continued his effective type with a clear sheet for Slough City in a 2-0 win in opposition to Aveley.

Luthra is on mortgage from Cardiff Metropolis the place he final season grew to become the primary British South Asian ever to look in objective within the high two divisions of English soccer in a narrative completely revealed by Sky Sports activities Information.

Punjabi shot stopper Rohan Luthra embraces Sky Sports activities Information’ Dev Trehan after his first clear sheet for Slough City

Some followers made the journey all the best way from South Wales to cheer him on at Arbour Park as there was no Championship soccer because of the worldwide break – and so they left completely satisfied, with the 6ft 5in Punjabi shot stopper placing in an assured show to assist the Rebels decide up a much-needed three factors.

Nathan Minhas, who scored a spectacular overhead kick in opposition to Torquay United on the finish of final month, additionally featured within the sport, approaching as a second-half substitute as Slough picked up their first league win at residence this season.

Sutton United academy graduate Imran Kayani, who left Slough on the finish of final season, has joined Whitehawk following a short spell at Dover Athletic.

The attacker, who’s eligible to play worldwide soccer for Pakistan, made his Hawks debut in a 2-1 win over Canvey Island on the weekend.

Sheffield United full-back Sai Sachdev helped England U19s spherical off their journey to Spain in model with a 4-2 victory over Switzerland.

Sachdev featured as a second-half substitute within the win in opposition to the Swiss after enjoying the complete 90 minutes in opposition to Germany earlier final week.

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