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South Asians in Football Weekly: Purewal, Jhamat and Kayani all hit the net

  /  autty

The latest edition of South Asians in Football Weekly is out after another eventful week for the community in the Beautiful Game...

Football fans in the North East were treated to a rare sight to kick off the weekend as Sikh-Punjabi twins Amar and Arjun Singh Purewal captained their respective teams as Consett hosted Hebburn Town.

The brothers have been blazing a trail for British South Asians in Football for more than 15 years, first entering the history books as teenagers when they became the first twins ever to score in the same FA Cup tie after both netting for Bishop Auckland in an Extra Preliminary Round win against Darlington RA back in 2008.

The twins went on to make history again two years ago when they became the first British South Asian brothers ever to line up against each other under the arch in a Wembley Cup final.

Arjun captained Consett that day but it proved to be a day to remember for Amar, who scored his side's first goal as Hebburn went on to lift the FA Vase trophy with a 3-1 win.

But Arjun got the last laugh this time round, rounding off the scoring for Consett with a bullet header in a 3-0 win over Hebburn, who had been top of the Northern Premier League East table prior to the weekend's matches.

Simran Jhamat marked her first home start for West Brom with a goal in a 4-1 win against Huddersfield in a match that was played at The Hawthorns.

The attacker was starting her first game alongside Mariam Mahmood, with the pair both seeing their football journeys showcased earlier this year in the first-ever timeline and exhibition documenting the history of South Asian heritage female players in the modern English game.

Jhamat opened her Baggies account with a typical poacher's goal as she converted skipper Hannah George's cross from close range. Mahmood also won a penalty in the game.

Whitehawk new-boy Imran Kayani was also on target at the weekend, marking his home debut with a well-taken goal as the Hawks thrashed Redhill 4-0 to book their place in the FA Cup third qualifying round.

It was another good week for promising young Manchester United Women's goalkeeper Safia Middleton-Patel, who briefly became the club's clear second-choice stopper behind England international Mary Earps.

United parted company with Sophie Baggaley, who joined Brighton on WSL Transfer Deadline Day, leaving Middleton-Patel as the next goalkeeper in line to Earps, who had herself been linked with a move away from the club.

But as expected, United completed a £100,000 deal to sign Phallon Tullis-Joyce from OL Reign later on Deadline Day to reinforce their options between the sticks.

Middleton-Patel also last week earned selection in the Wales squad for the opening matches of the UEFA Women's Nations League.

Wales will play away at Iceland on Friday, before hosting Denmark at the Cardiff City Stadium next Tuesday.

There was also an international call-up for east Londoner Zahmena Malik, who was named in Pakistan's squad for a six-nation friendly tournament in Saudi Arabia.

The London Seaward attacker, who grabbed a memorable assist on her international debut, is the sole British representative in the squad this time around.

Malik is expected to play a prominent role in Pakistan's tournament campaign, kicking off with a match against Malaysia on Thursday before a showdown with the host nation on Sunday.