Shamila Kohestani

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Shamila Kohestani
Personal information
Full name Shamila Kohestani
Place of birth Kabul, Afghanistan
Playing position Forward
National team

Shamila Kohestani is an Afghani footballer, and the former captain of the Afghanistan women's national football team. She attended boarding school in the United States at Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey. In 2007, she scored six goals at the women's team's first tournament.[1] In 2006, she won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.[2]

Kohestani traveled to the United States in 2004 as part of a football clinic hosted by Afghan Youth Sports Exchange, a program founded by Awista Ayub. In early 2006, she participated in the program's clinic in Kabul.[1]. In 2006 she attended the Julie Foudy Soccer Leadership Academy (JFSLA) in Hightstown, New Jersey [3]. After graduating from Blair Academy, Shamila went on to attend Drew University in Madison, NJ and graduated in 2012.

In 2017 Shamila worked with Julie Foudy, the former captain of the U.S. national team, and Shirzanan, to invite six women from six Muslim-majority countries to attend the Julie Foudy Leadership Academy camp in the summer of 2017.


  1. ^ a b Drape, Joe (2008-02-11). "Soccer as an Escape to Hope for Afghan Teenager". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
  2. ^ "Shamila Kohestani a voice for equality". espnW. Retrieved 2015-07-27.
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