Iran Dabbaghi among Players to Watch at AFC Women’s Asian Cup
- January, 15, 2022 - 14:17
- Sports news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran national women’s football team forward Hajar Dabbaghi is among players to watch in Group A of the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup.
Dabbaghi caught the eyes in the historic qualification for India 2022, having first made her name at continental level when she helped her nation qualify for the AFC Women’s Under-16 Championship in 2015.
However, Dabbaghi’s potential was truly witnessed at the 2019 CAFA (Central Asian Football Association) U-23 Women’s Championship when the forward netted eight goals, helping Iran to a runner-up place and claiming the top scorer award in the process.
The 22-year-old went on to score five more goals in national team colors in the qualification campaign for Tokyo 2020 as well as finding the back of the net en route to the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in a 5-0 victory over Bangladesh.
Possessing great situational awareness in the box, Dabbaghi's goalscoring instincts will be key for Iran. As player and country get set to kick off its maiden campaign against host India on January 20, the stage is set for the 22-year-old to shine.