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Oditi’s odyssey in coaching career

MD ANWAR ULLAH
Oditi’s odyssey in coaching career

Mahmuda Sharifa Oditi, one of the women football coaches having AFC ‘B’ coaching license, is dreaming to obtain the higher level of coaching education from Europe.

Oditi has already accomplished her academic education with completing the MA with honours (in Bengali) and BPED and MED and is now simultaneously doing the jobs as a coach and as a teacher.

Despite taking the profession as a teacher, she wants go a far in the coaching education.

“I have just completed the AFC ‘B’ license, now my target is higher, after having the AFC ‘A’ license then to go abroad to do the most prestigious UEFA ‘A’ license course,” said Oditi in an exclusive interview with The Independent on Tuesday.

“Maruf Sir (AKM Maruful Haque), who is only UEFA A license holder coach in our country, is my idol. I am very much optimistic that I would be able to reach my goal, as my team (Bashundhara Kings) and Viqarunnisa Noon School and College are very much supportive.”

Oditi, who began her career as a football player and played as a striker in the national side in 2008 and has also a record of scoring double hat-trick in the first women league for Mohammedan Sporting Club but did not build up the career as a footballer.

The high ambitious woman is eyeing to have the UEFA license and higher academic education.

But a passionate lover of the game football Oditi, who could not avoid her devotion to sports and done the AFC ‘C’ and ‘B’ license course, is now working as the head coach of the Bashundhara Kings women football team and assistant coach of Under-18 (men’s) team, a part from being a teacher of Viqarunnissa Noon School and College.

Oditi, during the interview detailed about her ambition of obtaining the UEFA A license and the reason behind giving priority to academic qualification. 

“In fact, though I started my career as a footballer, I became a bit demoralized watching that the future was very much uncertain as a player.

That time only once the Women Football League was organised, so I had to concentrate on academic qualification to manage a job for my bread and butter.”

“Despite taking the profession as a teacher, I did never deviate from my devotion to sports and continued to struggle with coaching course and also involved me in coaching,” said Oditi.

Oditi is also hoping that the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) that will restart the women’s football league which was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am very much optimistic that the BFF will continue the women’s football league and will also organise different competitions for women players to encourage the girls to take it as profession.”

“This season, the women players of Bashundhara Kings were paid handsome remuneration (highest five lakh taka), so it will give confidence to women to take it as a profession,” Oditi revealed.  

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