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Reshma appointed KISS football coach

Bhubaneswar, Nov 28: Reshma Begum (31), a well-known former footballer of Odisha, has been appointed as the football coach at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) here.

She was appointed after KIIT and KISS founder Dr Achyuta Samanta came to know about her plight and wanted to extend help. Reshma, in her 12 years of career beginning in 1999, was looked up as a rising football star until personal setbacks put a full-stop on her journey and she was struggling to eke out a living.

All had been going well for Reshma when back-to-back personal tragedies adversely impacted her life. She lost her elder sister due to illness, and she herself developed a medical complication for which she had to undergo a surgery. Her diabetic father, who sold eggs, had to seek help of locals for Reshma’s treatment. As the father grew old, Reshma had been moving from pillar to post for her livelihood without any help.

Getting appointment at the KISS, Reshma thanked Dr Samanta for his support to a poor girl. “I'll try to produce more footballers from the KISS by utilising my talent,” she said.

Expressing his happiness, Dr Samanta said, “I am glad that she will be a part of the KISS and produce more Reshma Begums.”

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