Pride of Kashmir: Sajid Dar was appointed to coach womens national football team in 2016

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Sajid Dar was appointed to coach womens national football team in 2016
4 July 2020

Sajid Yousuf Dar began his football coaching career in 2012, being selected as the assistant coach of the India Under 19 side. In 2014, Dar was selected to be the head coach of the India Under 16 side bound for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup when they were part of the AIFF Elite Academy.

In March 2015, Dar was selected to become the head coach of the Indian Womens Football Team before their 2016 Summer Olympics Qualifiers.  His first match in charge of the side came on 13 March 2015 against Sri Lanka. His India side came out as 4–0 winners but a 7–0 defeat to Myanmar in the next match ended India’s hope of Olympic qualification.

He was selected to attend the AFC instructors course in Malaysia.

He attended DFB course in Hennef, Germany conducted by the German Football Association in September 2015.

A year later, Dar won his first trophy as India head coach as he led the country to gold during the 2016 South Asian Games. He got remarkable victory over Nepal 4–0 in the final.

On 4 January Dar again emerged champion with India women’s national team to clinch the 4th consecutive SAFF title.