Maitte Zamorano: “We need more support”
Maitte Zamorano interview on Women’s Soccer United
Top scorer. Footballer. Athlete. Captain. Pioneer. Graduate. Coach. Champion. Leader. All those titles could perfectly apply to Maitte Zamorano.
We don’t know much about football in Bolivia but that doesn’t mean is not full of talent. And proof of that is Maitte, who from a tender age demonstrated she’s gifted in football as well as athletics.
As a goalscorer she was always leading, ending as top scorer in the national team, at Copa Libertadores and in her country’s league, Liga de Santa Cruz, several times. But she doesn’t rely only in her abilities but points out that hard work and discipline are keys.
Maitte Zamorano has been the historic Bolivia’s national team captain but the player retired after the last Copa América in Chile last April. In this exclusive interview with Women’s Soccer United, the former captain and goal scorer of Deportivo ITA, tells us more about how football is doing in her country.
Women’s Soccer United: At what age did you first start playing football and who was your first club? How old were you when you made your national team debut?
Maitte Zamorano: I practised football at 6 years old and played with boys until 12 years old. I started at 15 years old in my first club, Oriente Petrolero. For the national team, I debuted at 17.
WSU: Why did you choose football as your career?
Maitte: I chose it because it’s my life, my passion.
WSU: In Bolivia you’re also famous for being an athlete. Can you explain a little bit more about your past in athletics?
Maitte: From 19 to 29 years old I practised athletics. I run in the 100 and 200 meters race and also Standing Long Jump. I was the fastest woman in Bolivia for 9 years and I have, until this day, the record of 7.87 seconds in 60 m. My best time in 100m was 12.07s. I had the best record in Standing Long Jump for 3 years with 6m.
Athletics changed my life. Made me more disciplined and allowed me to travel to Portugal to compete at the World Indoor Championship. I also travelled to Spain, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Argentina in order to compete… I was very happy during those years. But then, in 2009 I injured my right knee during my first Copa America and everything changed. I couldn’t train at my top capacity anymore because I was always in pain. I held on for one more year and then at the end of 2010 I retired. I came back some time before and now I compete at shot put and Javelin throw.
WSU: You play for Deportivo ITA, what are other clubs have you played for whether in Bolivia or another country?
Maitte: Yes. During my career I have played for two different clubs: Orinte Petrolero and Enforma Santa Cruz which has changed its name to Deportivo Ita. For a brief time I played for Mundo Futuro, Marmol Cruz, Santa Cruz FC. But I haven’t played outside the country.
WSU: Besides being a player, you have studied to be a coach.
Maitte: After high school I knew I wanted to be a coach and that’s why I obtained my degree to be a coach. I work with boys and girls and at the same time I train, play and study. I assisted to the class for women provided for FIFA in 2015, to the CONMEBOL class in 2018 and I have studied in the CEFODE for the C category. That’s how I’m preparing for the day I decide to retire so I can work as a coach of senior teams and hopefully, the national team.
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