Maysa Jbarah talks career, life after game

Maysa Jbara said she looks forward to becoming a coach once she decides to step away from the game. (Photo: Jordan Football Association)
AMMAN — Jordanian footballer Maysa Jbarah is looking forward to breaking into the world of coaching once she steps away from playing the game, she has recently told Jordan News.اضافة اعلان

Jbarah, who plays for Jordan’s national team, has appeared in more than 100 international matches and has West Asia Football Federation and FIFA Arab Cup titles under her belt. Despite her storied career, the pro footballer does not plan on slowing down anytime soon.

“I think that my most notable achievements are crossing the 100-international game milestone with the national team, in addition to scoring 110 goals throughout my international career, over the course of 107 matches, where I played against 36 teams,” said Jbarah. Describing her start in football, Jbarah said she was scouted to play for Amman FC in 2000, where she remained until joining the national team in 2005.

Between 2010 and 2012, Jbarah played for the Lebanese Friendship Club, describing it as her “first professional milestone”. She moved on to play for Abu Dhabi FC in 2015 and Zouk Mosbeh Sporting Club the following year.

The pro athlete spent 2018 and 2019 playing French second-division football for Grenoble FC and Thonon Evian Football Club.

Jbarah said she hopes to continue to play the game going forward: “The decision to retire is tied to the opinions of coaches and my technical performance level. I look forward to moving onwards with clubs and the national team, even after I reached peak performance, following my return from France.”

Praising Jbarah, former footballer and manager of the premier national women’s team, Sawsan Al-Hasaseen, told Jordan News: “She is one of those unique players who has maintained her performance.”

Hasaseen added that the chance to represent the national team is incentive for all women to continue playing the sport, noting that “representing one’s country is a motive and an honor for any player; (and) we are currently working on increasing the number of women in Jordanian football.”

Jbarah commended Jordan’s young talent, saying that there are some exceptional players on the U21, U18, and U17 women’s teams.

“Fortunately, they have excellent coaches who can develop and hone their skills, in addition to the support by the Jordanian Football Federation,” she said, thanking HRH Prince Ali, chairman of the FIFA Executive Committee, for his “endless support of women’s football”.

Jbarah might just be one of those coaches in the future, as she plans to take training courses that would aid her in becoming a coach upon retirement.

“Women athletes should pay no mind to criticism and work to achieve their dreams, follow their coaches’ instructions, and persevere to learn from mistakes to move past all failed attempts,” Jbarah said, calling on her peers to have faith and courage against all odds.