"To be honest, I wanted to work as an air stewardess," Steffi replies when I ask if she had grown up picturing a sports career for herself. "But I knew that if I pursued it, I wouldn't be able to play football because there's just
no time for it, so I decided to stick to football. Now, it has been part of my life for the past 17 years." What does she consider her best achievement so far? "Scoring two international goals through free kicks!" she gushes—a
feat that has rightfully earned her the nickname "Queen of Free Kicks".
With that said, her football journey has not been without challenges. "Compared to the big teams, we lack experience and exposure. The other national
teams play a lot of tournaments and they have a first team, second team, and so on. But we only have one senior squad in Malaysia, so we definitely need more," she explains.
"I believe we have potential and a lot of
talented young [female] players, but we just need proper development and exposure like the men's team," she continues, adding that government support is needed to establish professional women's leagues in Malaysia.