OSAKA – Indonesian overseas player, Zahra Muzdalifah, tells the reasons for pursuing a career abroad. The beautiful 22 year old Dara said there is no women’s football league in Indonesia.
Indonesian football fans are certainly familiar with the figure of Zahra Muzdalifah. She is a player for the Indonesian Women’s National Team who is currently starting her career at a foreign club.
Currently, Zahra is strengthening the Japanese club, Cerezo Osaka Yanmar Ladies. The club competes in the highest caste of Japanese women’s football called the Japan Women’s Empowerment Professional Football League (WE LEAGUE).
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Zahra actually underwent a trial at Cerezo Osaka Yanmar Ladies last February. In the end, his struggle yielded positive results because he received a professional contract from the Japanese club. The 22 year old player did not waste this golden opportunity.
Most recently, Zahra revealed the reasons behind her decision to pursue a career abroad to one of the Japanese media. The absence of a women’s football league in Indonesia is the main reason the player chose to go abroad.
“There is no women’s football league in my country. How can I improve my skills without a league?” said Zahra, quoted from the WE League YouTube channel, Sunday (3/9/2023).
“There is no competition. (We) only train with male players. “That’s why I want to go abroad,” he continued later.
Furthermore, Zahra hopes that her courage in pursuing a career abroad can be emulated by other Indonesian female footballers. In this way, Indonesian women’s football can become even more advanced in the future.
For information, the Women’s League 1 has been in hiatus for four years. The last time the competition was held was in 2019. At that time, Persib emerged as champions of the tournament. Until now, the Women’s League 1 has not been held again.