RIP! Pakistan football team striker Shahlyla Baloch dies in Karachi car crash

RIP! Pakistan football team striker Shahlyla Baloch dies in Karachi car crash


Pakistan women’s football team striker Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch died in an automobile crash in Karachi late Wednesday night.

The body of Baloch will be taken to Kalat for interment.

Her sister Raheela told Dawn that the injury occurred in Defence stage 8 when the automobile struck against a post.

Senior Superintendent Police (SP) South Saqib Iqbal Memon told Dawn the accident occurred late Wednesday night.

He said, “Fadeian Baloch was coming with his cousin from ‘Do Darya’ towards Village in his Toyota Corolla car Shahlyla Baloch.

He included that Shahlyla perished in the injury and a legal action will be taken.

Born in 1996, Baloch was also a striker on the football team of the Balochistan women. Her sister Raheela Zarmain is associated as a manager with the football team. Her father has also been a provincial minister.

In a 2014 interview with Daybreak, Baloch said, “I believe we’re criticised mostly because our mother is in the federation. There are other sister couples in the national team as well but they may be never riled as we are.”

She was reacting to accusations of favouritism after the sisters were blamed for Pakistan’s group stage exit at the SAFF Women’s Title.

Supporters say Baloch was one of the most active members of the team and recall her as an individual who helped women’s football increase momentum in Pakistan.

Both sisters reached a substantial amount of acknowledgement in the state.

Their mom, who led the foundation of the team, has said she called for her daughters to inspire other parents.

Baloch had received the FIFA’s youngest players award and began playing football when she was 7 years old. In an interview with a youth magazine, she said she was also awarded the greatest player of Pakistan thrice 2009, 2011 and 2013 and that Maradona and Messi inspired her.

Tariq Lutfi, her coach, in a condolence message said that Shahlyla was the greatest female football player Pakistan has ever made. Shahlyla’s death was a great loss to Pakistan women’s football, he said.