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IN People ON 12 Jun, 2015
Nadim Nadia, one of the best strikers in the soccer world had her share of bitter memories. She spent her early life living in fear. Guns, mass killings, Taliban is what her childhood was made of. The story of how she converted her pain into the power is inspirational. She is an Afghan-born Danish footballer who is a striker in Sky Blue FC.
Nadim Nadia (27) was born and raised in Afghanistan. She spent her years of childhood during the time when Taliban was the only brutal rule in the country. They imposed every restriction on women, they were not allowed to laugh loud, no education, no employment and they could never leave home without a burqa and, of course, no playing sports. Nadia's father was a national army general. He was a former hockey player and a soccer fan who would always encourage his daughters to play. Life of Nadia, her sisters, and the mother changed painfully when Taliban executed her father Rabbani in 2000. Nadia's mother Hamida thought of leaving Afghanistan because the life trapped in fear of Taliban was not what she wanted for her kids. Hamida planned to reach London where they had their relatives. With the help of a broker, she took her five daughters including Nadia and left the country. Taking the risk and facing countless difficulties, they were taken to a place after travelling hours in a truck. After reaching the destination, they found that the broker had cheated on them. Instead of London, they found themselves in a village in Denmark.
Nadia was fond of playing football since her early days. So she followed her heart and thought of making a career in soccer. She played for local clubs and worked hard to become a successful player. Her devotion towards football and the tireless effort made her the best.
Her initial years in Denmark were not at all comfortable. Being born in Afghanistan, she faced some legal issues in the foreign land. She had to wait a few years and after turning 18, she applied for citizenship. In 2009, she got to join the Denmark national team, and her soccer journey from there was just splendid! Nadia joined Sky Blue FC in 2014, and the team has signed her for the 2015 season.
Her coach and team members are happy with her.
Everyone closed to Nadia loves her.