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Pakistan's leading female professional footballer, Shahlyla Baloch, 20, who played as a forward for Balochistan United and the Pakistan national women's team, has died in a car crash in Karachi, Pakistan.
Pakistan's football board took to Facebook to offer its condolences: "She represented Pakistan and was a role model for many girls. Today Shahlyla Baloch died in a car accident". the FPDC wrote on their Facebook page. 
"All our condolences to her family," it added.
Pakistan's leading female professional footballer, Shahlyla Baloch, 20, who played as a forward for Balochistan United and the Pakistan national women's team, has died in a car crash in Karachi (pictured Amir Khan and Baloch) Pakistan's leading female professional footballer, Shahlyla Baloch, 20, who played as a forward for Balochistan United and the Pakistan national women's team, has died in a car crash in Karachi (pictured Amir Khan and Baloch)
Baloch, who played as a striker but was compared by her coach to Diego Maradona, was the first Pakistani woman to score a hat-trick abroad during her stint in the Maldives.
Baloch represented Pakistan at the 2014 SAFF Women's Championship in Islamabad, the final international event in which the Pakistan women's team competed.
From a proud footballing family Baloch was the daughter of the Pakistani women's football President - Senator Rubina Irfan, and the sister of Balochistan United and National team manager Raheela Zarmeen.
Baloch, who played as a striker but was compared by her coach to Diego Maradona, was the first Pakistani woman to score a hat-trick abroad during her stint in Maldives Baloch, who played as a striker but was compared by her coach to Diego Maradona, was the first Pakistani woman to score a hat-trick abroad during her stint in Maldives
Pakistani publication, Deeply saddened to hear about Baloch was from a proud footballing family. She was the daughter of Pakistani women's football President and Senator Rubina Irfan, and the sister of Balochistan United and National team manager Raheela Zarmeen. Baloch was from a proud footballing family. She was the daughter of Pakistani women's football President and Senator Rubina Irfan, and the sister of Balochistan United and National team manager Raheela Zarmeen.
Former Pakistani footballer and https://playersintroduction.hpage.com/shoaib-akhtar-son.html manager, Tariq Lutfi called her the "mini-Maradona" in reference to the world's most technically gifted player, Argentine great Diego Maradona.
And like Maradona, Baloch was a child prodigy, playing against adults when aged just nine-years-old in Pakistan's inaugural women's football championship, in 2005.
Initial reports suggest that Baloch was sitting in the passenger seat when the accident occurred in Karachi's DHA Phase VIII area.
Pakistan's football board took to Facebook to offer its condolences: Pakistan's football board took to Facebook to offer its condolences: " She represented Pakistan and was a role model for many girls".
Baloch, said in a 2014 interview: Baloch, said in a 2014 interview: "I love how I can express myself on the pitch. Football gives me the freedom to do that."
Baloch went on to play with adults when aged just nine-years-old in the inaugural women's football championship, in 2005. Baloch went on to play with adults when aged just nine-years-old in the inaugural women's football championship, in 2005.
Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch. Born March 12, 1996. Died  October 13, 2016. Shahlyla Ahmadzai Baloch. Born March 12, 1996. Died  October 13, 2016.


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