DALIMA CHHIBBER signed for the Manitoba Bisons just over a year ago.
The Bisons are the athletic teams of the University of Manitoba.
At the time, Ms Chhibber was captain of the India national team but took a sabbatical from the side to join the Bisons.
She explained her decision to Desi Sportscast: “It’s always a difficult decision when it comes to moving away from the national team for a while to join another team, that decision came for me after looking at the bigger picture, what I wanted for life.
“The women’s football scenario around the world is still not very stable, it’s not a very stable career, especially in India, what I’ve seen is it’s not something you can actually be dependent on financially, you can make a career out of it, but that’s not something you can actually depend on to define your life.
“So, I guess that decision came from me through the personal goals that I have for myself as well because I always wanted to do my masters in sports psychology, something that I wanted to pursue because I really believe in the mental aspect of the game and that is something that hasn’t been explored much.”
Ms Chhibber can play either at right-back or in the middle of the pitch, perhaps her most notable contribution in an India shirt can when she won player of the tournament as the Blue Tigeresses won the 2019 SAFF Women’s Championships.
She opened the scoring in the final against hosts Nepal before an equalizer from Sabitra Bhandari.
Second-half strikes from Grace Dangmei and Anju Tamang gave India a 3-1 victory.
The Manitoba Bisons have had notable players in their other sports teams.
The women’s ice hockey team possessed Venla Hovi, who would win two bronze medals with Finland at the Olympic Games.
The soccer team play in Canada West’s Praire Division.
The university has a total of 18 teams in 10 sports.
Centre-back Loitnongbam Ashalata Devi, who plays for Sethu FC is the current captain of the India team.
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