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Coach Chandrakala Rao from Hanumangarh district in Rajasthan joined Zinc Football Academy back in 2018. The 33-year-old’s childhood was not exactly a fairytale and was filled with hardship. Her father passed away while she was still in the Xth Standard and her elder brother died in an unfortunate car accident while returning from his work a few years later. It took her family some years to recover, but Chandrakala and her sister decided to step up and take care of their mother.

Chandrakala often used to accompany her elder brother, who was a Santosh Trophy player, to the football tournaments and practice sessions, where at first, she used to watch the boys play and eventually, started practicing herself on the sidelines. Soon after, she assembled a group of enthusiastic girls from the neighborhood and convinced them to join her battle to form the first women’s football team at our hometown Nohar.

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She still remembers her brother, who was more like a friend and mentor to her and the family. Ever since he departed, she started to living his dream of making a career in football.

Chandrakala has played various tournaments at the District, State as well as National level. But things didn’t turn as expected and the pressure to immediately earn a living in order to run the family forced her hand into coaching. She started training kids in her former school and also helped a few primary class students with their academics for 5 years

The brave small town girl appeared for a coaching license exam held at Zawar, Udaipur back in 2018, where Zinc Football scouts appreciated her dedication and passion for the sport. She was recruited as a coach of the Zinc Football Community Centres in Zawar where she trained over 50 children.

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  • Hurray 🎉 Our under-14 team won the FAIR PLAY award at the recently concluded Subroto Cup 2022.

Our brave hearts gave their all on the pitch, defeating Delhi 9-0 but came short against Mizoram 1-2. We will surely come back stronger 💪

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A journey filled with hard work, dedication and discipline both on and off the pitch, and one that will serve as a motivation for all our young footballers in the Academy. The message is clear - Dream big and work hard to achieve it ❤️ Congratulations, Sahil Poonia. You are a blue tiger now 🎉
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  • Congratulations, Sahil Poonia 🤩 Our 16-year-old boy has made the country proud, winning the Best Goalkeeper award on his debut tournament for India.

2️⃣ cleansheets in 4️⃣ matches, including one in the final vs Nepal. India claimed the SAFF U-17 crown 🏆
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#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #SAFFU17 #BackTheBlue 💙
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  • Our under-14 team in action vs Delhi in the Subroto Cup 2022 yesterday. Dominated the proceedings… and deservedly victorious 🥳
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Always a good time to rewatch Riyaz’s brilliant free-kick goal 💥 . . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan
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Only if 🙈 Small margins in the game 😬 . . #Throwback #SubrotoCup2022 #ZincFootball #Rajasthan #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna
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Thank you, Roger ❤️ Happy retirement, you absolute Legend 👏
Thank you, Roger ❤️ Happy retirement, you absolute Legend 👏
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Hurray 🎉 Our under-14 team won the FAIR PLAY award at the recently concluded Subroto Cup 2022.

Our brave hearts gave their all on the pitch, defeating Delhi 9-0 but came short against Mizoram 1-2. We will surely come back stronger 💪

#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #SubrotoCup2022 #ZincFootball #Rajasthan 🏆
Hurray 🎉 Our under-14 team won the FAIR PLAY award at the recently concluded Subroto Cup 2022. Our brave hearts gave their all on the pitch, defeating Delhi 9-0 but came short against Mizoram 1-2. We will surely come back stronger 💪 #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #SubrotoCup2022 #ZincFootball #Rajasthan 🏆
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One for the archives 😛🤩 Congratulations again, Sahil Poonia 🧤. . . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #SAFFU17 🏆 #BackTheBlue 💙
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Hisar ➡️ Zinc Football Academy ➡️ Indian Football Team. Sahil Poonia, one of our budding footballers, is living his dream, having won the Best Goalkeeper award on his debut tournament representing the country 🇮🇳. A journey filled with hard work, dedication and discipline both on and off the pitch, and one that will serve as a motivation for all our young footballers in the Academy. The message is clear - Dream big and work hard to achieve it ❤️ Congratulations, Sahil Poonia. You are a blue tiger now 🎉 . . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan #SAFFU17 #BackTheBlue 💙
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Congratulations, Sahil Poonia 🤩 Our 16-year-old boy has made the country proud, winning the Best Goalkeeper award on his debut tournament for India.

2️⃣ cleansheets in 4️⃣ matches, including one in the final vs Nepal. India claimed the SAFF U-17 crown 🏆
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#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #SAFFU17 #BackTheBlue 💙
Congratulations, Sahil Poonia 🤩 Our 16-year-old boy has made the country proud, winning the Best Goalkeeper award on his debut tournament for India. 2️⃣ cleansheets in 4️⃣ matches, including one in the final vs Nepal. India claimed the SAFF U-17 crown 🏆 . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #SAFFU17 #BackTheBlue 💙
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Game mode 🔛
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#DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan
Game mode 🔛 . . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan
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Our under-14 team in action vs Delhi in the Subroto Cup 2022 yesterday. Dominated the proceedings… and deservedly victorious 🥳 . . #DeshKaSapnaGoalApna #IndianFootball #ZincFootball #Rajasthan
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