An AFC nomination for every Rangers goal scored – Bala Devi says number 10 is her favourite position


Donning the Rangers number 10 jersey, the same number she wears for India, Bala Devi hopes to continue playing in Europe…

Former captain of the Indian national women’s team Ngangom Bala Devi has become the talk of the town once again, with her outrageous strike in a 5-0 win against Spartans last Sunday, in the ongoing Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) 1 season.

The last time she scored for Rangers in December 2019, to become the first Indian woman to score in a professional league in Europe when she netted in the 9-0 win over Motherwell. Devi was nominated by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for International Player of the Week and won it with 50 per cent votes back then.

The 31-year-old has been nominated by AFC once again in the latest poll for International Player of the Week.

What Bala Devi had to say?

“Being a striker, it’s very important to take a decision quickly. When I first received the ball, my predominant thought was to pass it forward but I thought of taking the shot (instead). 

“I have been nominated in the International Player of the Week category by AFC before as well and I got a lot of support from Indian football and Rangers fans. This week as well I am nominated. So I feel very proud that there is so much support for women’s football,” she said.