KARACHI: Pakistan women’s football team striker Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch died in a car accident late Wednesday night in Karachi, says police on Thursday.
Baloch was sitting in the passenger seat when the car struck against a pole in Karachi’s DHA Phase VIII area, said Saqib Iqbal Memon, Senior Superintendent Police (SP) South.
It is true that she passed away,” her sister Raheela confirmed.
Baloch’s body will be taken to Kalat for burial.
Born in 1996, Baloch was also a striker on the Balochistan women’s football team. She represented the country at the South Asian Football Federation Women Football Championship 2014 in Islamabad, which was the last international event that Pakistan women’s team competed in.
Her sister Raheela Zarmain is associated with the football team as a manager. Their mother, Senator Rubina Irfan, has been the chairperson of the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Women’s Wing. Her father has also been a provincial minister.
Earlier, Baloch became the first Pakistani woman to score a hat-trick abroad during her stint in Maldives. She also made the score sheet in Pakistan’s 4-1 victory over Bhutan in 2014 SAFF Women’s Championship.
Supporters say Baloch was one of the most active members of the team and recall her as an individual who helped women’s football gain momentum in Pakistan.
Both sisters reached a significant level of recognition in the country.
Their mother, who led the founding of the team, has said she involved her daughters to inspire other parents.