Family rivalry on the cards for Shamiran Khamis

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As Canberra United prepare for their upcoming match against the Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday night, a little bit of family pride will be on the line.

Canberra United goalkeeper Shamiran Khamis will face off against older sister Leena, who will make her 100th W-League appearance at Spotless Stadium.

Shamiran proved to be an influential figure as United dispatched Sydney FC 2-0 last weekend and will be looking to continue her fine form between the sticks.

It will be the first time that the sisters play against each other and family support has been split down the middle.

“Its been up and down,” Shamiran said.

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“I think they’re torn between the two, but it’s an experience and a moment they will cherish for a very long time.

“I’m excited to get out there and have a go.

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The sisters grew up playing together, but Friday night will provide a new experience and it is one Shamiran is very much looking forward to.

“Growing up together I’d make sure her and I would have good friendly banter,” Shamiran mentioned.

“She would try extra hard to try score against me and I’d do that bit extra to stop everything she comes up with.

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The 23-year-old’s efforts resulted in Canberra keeping their first clean sheet of the season and the former Sky Blue player is looking to keep another against a familiar face.

“I’m feeling really good physically and mentally,” Shamiran explained.

“My goal is to keep a clean sheet whether she comes up against me or not, so the main goal is to get the three points.”

United coach Heather Garriock played with Leena during their time together at Sydney FC and noted that she is hoping to spoil her century milestone.

“The Khamis family rivalry starts from way back,” Garriock said.

“It’s nice to see them on opposite teams for once, normally they’re on the same team,”

“I told Sham in the change room that hopefully it’s Leena upset after the game and not us.”

United head to Western Sydney still in search of their first away win this season, while the Wanderers will be aiming for their first three points this term.

Feature Image Credit: Lawrence Atkin/Canberra United

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