Young Pakistani footballer Shahlyla Baloch dies in road accident

Young Pakistani footballer Shahlyla Baloch dies in road accident

KARACHI – An enthusiastic Pakistani footballer Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch succumbed to injuries she suffered in a car accident on late Wednesday night in Karachi.

She was sitting in the passenger seat when the accident occurred in Karachi’s DHA Phase VIII area, her family confirmed to media.

Shahlyla was immediately rushed to Ziauddin Hospital in Clifton after going through an accident but could not recover from her injuries.

Her sister Raheela told media that the accident occurred in Defence phase 8 when the car struck a pole.

Senior Superintendent Police (SP) South Saqib Iqbal Memon said that the accident occurred late Wednesday night. He said, ‘Fadeian Baloch was coming from ‘Do Darya’ towards Village in his Toyota Corolla car with his cousin Shahlyla Baloch. On the way, when they reached the turning near the Emaar building, the vehicle lost control and the car hit the footpath and then against a barrier.’

The 20-year-old played for the Balochistan United FC as a forward in the domestic circuit.

Shahlyla Baloch was one of the finest strikers for Pakistan women’s football team. She represented the country at the South Asian Football Federation Women Football Championship 2014 in Islamabad, which was the last international event that Pakistan women’s team competed in.

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

Baloch started playing football as a seven-year-old and had received the FIFA’s youngest players award.

Fans took to Twitter after the sad demise of the footballer:

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