Odisha FC Women have strengthened their defence further with the signing of homegrown defender Juli Kishan. The young center-back was a priority signing for the club, whose core mission is to provide its international vehicle as the showcase for the best Odia talent.
Juli is one of the most promising players in a young and talented Odisha state team. She has had a quick and steady rise in her short career, despite only starting to play the game as recently as 2016.
Born and brought up in Rourkela, Juli began her career at Young Association Club in Kuarmunda. She was spotted by Odisha Sports Department coach and ex-India international Gitanjali Khuntia at a U-19 Odisha State team camp.
She has represented the Odisha State team at the U-19 and Senior nationals, which got her a job with Odisha Police. At the club level, she represented Rising Student Club, with whom she won the Odisha Women’s League, before moving to Odisha Police to win her second OWL in 2022. Her first taste of the Indian Women’s League came as part of the Sports Odisha team which finished fourth in the IWL 2021/22 season.
Head of Academy & Women’s Football, Randeep Baruah, had this to say about our newest player, “Juli is a great addition to our core team of Odia players at the club, and we are very excited to have her with us. She brings strength, solidity, and speed to our defense along with terrific ball-playing skills. With our focus at the club to provide development opportunities for all our Women players, we are positive we can help her become a star player for both club and country in the very near future.”
— Odisha FC Women (@OdishaFCW) August 13, 2022