Fouzia Mampetta, former soccer player and coach, dies

 

Kozhikode: Former footballer and Kerala’s first female football coach Fouzia Mampatta passed away. The 52-year-old was working as coach at Nadakkavu School in Kozhikode.

She was fighting cancer.

Fauzia was a girl who came to the football field at a time when girls were reluctant to even go to school to study.

She was the goalkeeper of Kerala in the National Games women’s football. Fauzia defended Kerala’s goal in the All India Women’s Junior Championship held in Kolkata.

Fauzia was a state champion in weightlifting, third in South India in powerlifting, a member of the state team in handball, bronze at the state level in judo, and a district team member in hockey and volleyball.

In 2003, the same year he took over as the football team coach at Kozhikode Nadakkavu School. Fauzia gave four players from the district to the Kerala team.

She also coached the runner – up Kozhikode team in the state sub – junior and junior tournaments from 2005 to 2007.

She was the coach of the team when Kerala finished third in the National Senior Championship held in Manipur in 2005. Fauzia was also the assistant coach of Kerala, the runners-up in the 2006 National Senior Championship in Odisha.