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The captain of Pakistan’s Women Football team, Hajra Khan, has broken three Guinness World Records, with the latest one achieved in France.
— Hajra Khan (@hajrakn) July 2, 2019
Hajra bagged her third record during her participation in the Equal Playing Field (ELP) initiative held in France. Hajra took part in a five-a-side match which went on for 69-hours; starting on 28th June and ended on 1ST July. Around 807 women played in the match, which earned it the world record for most players in a five-a-side match.
The game was played on the sidelines of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Veteran Hajra netted six goals in the fixture and played for four hours.
Hajra Khan bagged the second Guinness World Record when she participated in a 1-a-side soccer match, this included players from various nationalities, where Hajra scored two goals in the contest.
A non-profit organization in France took the initiative with the intent to promote female participation in soccer. Culture and financial barriers, particularly in Asia, discourages female participation in the game of football. The ELF took to their social media accounts and informed the audience about the success of the challenge.
“We have completed our world record attempt for the largest number of players to appear continuously in a five-a-side match,” the Facebook post of ELF read. According to the ELF, 807 female players scored 404-369 goals.
WE. DID. IT. After 69 hours of continuous play, 807 players on the pitch and a score of 404 – 369, we completed our world record attempt for the largest number of players to appear continuously in a 5-a-side match. *official numbers to follow! #AnyGirlAnyWhere @twitter @adidas pic.twitter.com/MBtdx0AGf2
— Equal Playing Field (@EPFinitiative) July 1, 2019
Earlier, Hajra Khan bagged the second Guinness World Record when she participated in a 1-a-side soccer match, this included players from various nationalities, where Hajra scored two goals in the contest.
Hajra Khan has been very vocal for the encouragement and participation of women in the game of Football. She has always called out the social barriers and our authority’s lack of interest in materializing the potential of female footballers in the country.
Her marvelous performance is expected to attract the government’s attention towards the cause and this might lead to them allocating the necessary funds for building up the infrastructure for women’s football.
Meanwhile, actress Sanam Saeed and government of Tehreek-I-Insaf felicitated Hajra Khan and called it an excellent symbol of women empowerment.
Thank You Hajra & Abiha Haider for representing Pakistan in @EPFinitiative Guinness World Records Match. Breaking 2 Records of World's Longest Match & Match played with more than 50 nationalities. You Girls made the whole nation proud of you globally@hajrakn @GWR@AbihaHaider05 pic.twitter.com/frT13SgJTd
— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) July 2, 2019
— Sanam Saeed (@sanammodysaeed) July 3, 2019
— PTI (@PTIofficial) July 3, 2019