Elected the best player of the 2022 Brazil Futsal Cup, one of the main futsal competitions in the country, Kamila Gonçalves Lobo is 31 years old and has been playing futsal since school. Born in Dourados, 192 km from Campo Grande, she started playing at Ramona da Silva Pedroso State School. The ward is part of the Serc/UCDB team since the institutions merged.
The athlete lives a moment of conquests in the history of the club. The team was runner-up in the Brazil Futsal Cup and participated in the World Cup. In the first competition, the number 10 was the top scorer with seven goals in six matches.
However, before playing futsal, Kamila Lobo said that his first sport was handball. Years later, while still in state high school, she switched to indoor soccer. The second team she played for was the Anglo College team. “I won a scholarship to Anglo. I did my high school there.”
The sequence of the career was with the coming to Campo Grande. She won a scholarship at UCDB (Dom Bosco Catholic University). Since then, the douradense makes up the University team.
Two years ago, there was a merger with Serc, from Chapadão do Sul, to dispute the championships. “I have more than 15 years of career. I’ve played for teams in São Paulo, but only to compete in some championships. Other than that, I always played for UCDB”.
Difficulties – The 31-year-old player reports that there are difficulties in the context of futsal in Mato Grosso do Sul. The main one reported is the “lack of support”. Kamila says that the women on the team don’t live off the sport alone. “All the girls on the team work during the day and train at night. It’s a very big workload, because we can’t make a living from futsal just like the big teams in Brazil”.
The number 10 shirt exalts the quality of the team that managed to finish runner-up in the 2022 Taça Brasil. “We have a very good team, very good players here in the state, but we don’t have much support. Thank God, we have the university that has always supported us with scholarships”. She also highlights the support of the City Hall of Campo Grande, Fundesporte (Fundação de Esporte e Lazer de Mato Grosso do Sul) and the club.
In addition, Kamila mentions that the opportunities offered to leave Mato Grosso do Sul do not encourage her. Low wages and conditions do not give her “the pleasure of leaving home”. The athlete also adds that if it were a European club, “maybe it would pay off”.
Recently, she was called up by the CBFS (Brazilian Indoor Football Confederation) team. However, she wasn’t on account of having fractured her finger in the JUBs (Brazilian University Games).
bright moment – Kamila emphasizes that the last two years were of individual and collective achievements. Serc/UCDB’s main campaign was runner-up in the 2022 Taça Brasil. The Mato Grosso do Sul team lost 3-0 to Stein Cascavel, from Paraná, in the final.
The player assesses that this year 2022 was the peak. “As much as we live in the rush of training, work, I think we reached a very good level. We were in second place in the Brazil Cup against several big teams in the country”.
For the women on the team, it was a huge source of pride. Kamila also values the collective for having won the individual awards for top scorer and best player. “It was very good, the whole team went above and beyond. Without them, I wouldn’t have made it. It was very important”.