To be led by A-League Women Championship-winning coach Jeff Hopkins, the Afghan Women’s Team (AWT) will play in Football Victoria’s Women’s State League 4 West competition that kicks off this weekend as they take on ETA Buffalo SC on the 24th of April.
Director of Football, John Didulica expressed his elation at Hopkins’ appointment and ensured that full football resources will be provided to the AWT.
“We’re proud to have our Championship-winning Head Coach and Australia’s most successful domestic women’s coach leading the players this season for what is set to be a landmark moment for this team and football globally,” Didulica said.
“This day is a culmination of almost a year’s work by a range of organisations and individuals from around the world which has led to the group finally being able to return to the pitch, wear their colours with pride and play the game they love with the support of one of Australia’s biggest football Clubs.
“These young women, not least for their courage and their perseverance, deserve the absolute best Australia can provide them. With the most decorated coach in Australian women’s football history supporting them, we are hoping we can play a small role in guiding these players back to the international stage”.
Jeff Hopkins, excited with the prospect of managing the AWT stated he looked forward to developing these group of players
“I’m incredibly humbled to be working with this inspirational group of players who have showed determination and a willingness to stand up for what they believe in. To play a minor role in getting them ready for the upcoming season is very special,” Hopkins said.
“The power of football has well and truly come full circle and we’re incredibly proud as a Club to be able to support the team in their journey back to the pitch. I’m looking forward to the progress they will make as footballers and on their own personal journeys throughout the season.”
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