London: India has a new representative in the England football circuit, albeit in the women's division. Aditi Chauhan, the Indian women's national team goalkeeper, made her debut for West Ham United's Ladies side on Sunday.
The Hammers were on the receiving end of a 0-5 drubbing at the hands of Coventry City in the FA Women's Premier League Southern Division but it was nevertheless a momentous occasion for India's shot-stopper.
Chauhan signed for the London based club during pre-season after completing her Masters in Sports Management from the Loughborough University.
The Premier League Southern Division is the third tier in English women's football. Chauhan is the second Indian woman to play a competitive game in England after Tanvie Hans, who recently moved from Tottenham Hotspur Ladies to Fulham. Hans however, holds a British passport, which makes her ineligible to represent India.
Michael Chopra (Newcastle United, Cardiff City, Sunderland, Blackpool, Ipsich Town)