Win Theingi Tun joins Indian club Gokulam Kerala FC

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Myanmar women football star Win Theingi Tun (No 7) dribbles the ball at Women’s Olympic Qualifiers against Indian team at Mandalar Thiri Staduim in Mandalay on 19 April 2019. Photo: MFF

Gokulam Kerala FC (GKFC), defending champions of the Indian Women’s League, signed Myanmar women’s national team striker Win Theingi Tun on a short-term contract.
The team will compete in the upcoming AFC Women’s Club Championship to be held by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in November.
“This team is the defending champions of the Indian League and has internationally experienced coaches,” Win Theingi Tun said. “It’s a team with a lot of players at the national level and I’m really happy to be able to move to such a good team. I have met Indian national team four times in my career. It has been seen as a more difficult competitor over and over again.
“India’s women’s football development is really fast. With my teammates, I will strive for success at the Asian Women’s Club Championship.
“I’m happy and proud to be the first female football player to play abroad. Myanmar women’s football players have abilities to play abroad. This is the very first time I’m going to play abroad, so I will show my best for the next generations who will follow me.”
Win Theingi Tun, a 26-year-old striker, is the first Myanmar female player to play abroad.
Gokulam Kerala FC won the 2019-20 Indian Women’s League and qualified for the 2021 AFC Women’s Club Championship as India could not host the 2020-21 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian Women’s Professional League started with six teams in the 2016-17 football season, but was held in the 2018-19 season with 12 teams. Gokulam Kerala FC was founded in January 2018 and features nine Indian women’s national team players. —Ko Nyi Lay/GNLM

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