‘Just In Time’: Footballer Hajra Khan Receives Third Guinness World Record
Pakistan’s female footballer won the award for the longest football match played.
Women in Pakistan have time and again proven that they are a force to be reckoned with. Be it at home taking care of the entire family or on the fields scoring goals, Pakistani women are truly inspiring.
And looks like glass ceilings are the only thing they are breaking, because some are breaking records too.
Last year, footballer Hajra Khan won the Guinness World Record for the longest football match played. She had played a 69 hours long match in Lyon, France. She took to Twitter recently, to announce that after a year-long wait, the 26-year-old has finally received the accolade.
“IT'S HERE! My third @GWR just in time! Record for the longest football match played for 69 hours in Lyon, France. Will fight until the playing field is EQUAL! This is why I do it!” wrote the captain of Pakistan’s nation football team.
The Equal Playing Field (EPF) initiative that Khan participated in 2019 had around 807 women playing in the match. The EPF match was a five-side game that went on for 69-hours, starting on June 28 and ending on July 1. It was played on the sidelines of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
The match earned the world record for most players in a five-a-side match and the Pakistani striker scored six goals in the fixtures and played for four hours.
Previously, Khan won the Guinness World Record for a football match that lasted for three and a half hours straight and the footballer had managed to score 4 goals in the game. She was also featured at the Dead Sea for the world record of the lowest altitude matches played in history.
Hajra has been associated with the national women’s football team of the country since 2009 and was the first Pakistan women footballers to play in the Maldives National Women’s League in 2014.