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Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
The first wave of girls are being trained at the West African country's first female soccer academy, set up to foster talent in a country where many still see the sport as a man's game.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, plays football with her friends outside her house in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 3, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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May 22, 2019
Soccer players Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, and Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, who are amongst the first wave of...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Soccer players Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, and Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, who are amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, sit on the grass as they speak after their friendly match with male U15 in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 4, 2019. Both girls initially faced opposition from family members who were worried that the sport was unfeminine. But neither have been deterred by such prejudice. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. "I've seen Gaelle (Enganamouit) play on TV. I've never missed one of her matches. She plays so well, I want to be like her," Pouadjeu said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, plays football with her friends outside her house in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 3, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
People sit on train tracks as they watch a friendly match between U15, a boys team and U17, a team of...
Yaounde, Cameroon
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People sit on train tracks as they watch a friendly match between U15, a boys team and U17, a team of first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches of the Rails Foot Academy (RFA), at the RFA field in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 4, 2019. Gaelle Enganamouit, the star player of Cameroon's team known as the Indomitable Lionesses, one of three African teams to qualify for the Women's World Cup in June, was the brains behind RFA - the West African country's first female soccer academy. Her own experience as a young player in Yaounde showed her that it was important for women to have their own space to train, she told FIFA in January. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Enganamouit, the founder of Rails Foot Academy (RFA), is depicted on the facade of a hairdressers'...
Yaounde, Cameroon
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Gaelle Enganamouit, the founder of Rails Foot Academy (RFA), is depicted on the facade of a hairdressers' shop in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 2, 2019. Enganamouit, the star player of Cameroon's team known as the Indomitable Lionesses, one of three African teams to qualify for the Women's World Cup in June, was the brains behind RFA - the West African country's first female soccer academy. Her own experience as a young player in Yaounde showed her that it was important for women to have their own space to train, she told FIFA in January. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Emmanuel Eteme Biolo, a girls' U17 team coach, talks with his team during half-time of the match at the...
Yaounde, Cameroon
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Emmanuel Eteme Biolo, a girls' U17 team coach, talks with his team during half-time of the match at the Rail Foot Academy field in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 4, 2019. The academy currently trains around 70 girls, most of whom come from poor backgrounds and would otherwise not be able to afford even their own soccer boots, said Biolo. "Here they have everything: coaches, jerseys, training equipment, a physiotherapist, and the guidance we give them all the time. Gaelle Enganamouit really wants these kids to be the next generation," he said. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri (L), 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by...
Yaounde, Cameroon
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Gaelle Dule Asheri (L), 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, walks with her classmates at a bilingual high school where she prepares for her final baccalaureate exams in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 2, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, a soccer player who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, a soccer player who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, smiles as she sits on her bed in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 3, 2019. Pouadjeu is angry about people's attitude towards female soccer players. An orphan, she was brought up by her aunt who once warned her against playing football saying she would end up sleeping with all the girls at the academy. Pouadjeu says she uses that anger every day on the pitch. "I train hard to succeed and to prove them all wrong," she said. "I've seen Gaelle (Enganamouit) play on TV. I've never missed one of her matches. She plays so well, I want to be like her." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, jokes with her teammates before their training session in the Rails district field in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 2, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu (C), 16, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu (C), 16, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, is seen with her aunt Rosalie Tchamkou (L) and her sister Kevine at their house in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 3, 2019. Pouadjeu is angry about people's attitude towards female soccer players. An orphan, she was brought up by her aunt who once warned her against playing football saying she would end up sleeping with all the girls at the academy. Pouadjeu says she uses that anger every day on the pitch. "I train hard to succeed and to prove them all wrong," she said. "I've seen Gaelle (Enganamouit) play on TV. I've never missed one of her matches. She plays so well, I want to be like her." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, arrives home after school in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 3, 2019. Pouadjeu is angry about people's attitude towards female soccer players. An orphan, she was brought up by her aunt who once warned her against playing football saying she would end up sleeping with all the girls at the academy. Pouadjeu says she uses that anger every day on the pitch. "I train hard to succeed and to prove them all wrong," she said. "I've seen Gaelle (Enganamouit) play on TV. I've never missed one of her matches. She plays so well, I want to be like her." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, washes dishes outside her house in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 3, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, watches TV with her father Emmanuel in their sitting room in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 2, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, eats and talks to her mother Fouda Marie-Bernadette as she sits on her bed in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 4, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, leaves her house, as she walks to a bilingual high school in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 2, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, attends a course at a bilingual high school as she prepares for her final baccalaureate exams in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 2, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri (2nd L), 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri (2nd L), 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, talks to her classmates at a bilingual high school where she prepares for her final baccalaureate exams in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 2, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, prepares before her training session in the Rails district field in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 2, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, gets dressed to attend the training session of the female U17 team at the Rail Football Academy field in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 1, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
A girl soccer player who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
A girl soccer player who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy (RFA), attends a training session at the RFA field in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 1, 2019. The academy was set up in January to foster female soccer talent in a country where many still see the sport as a man's game. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy (RFA), attends a training session of the female U17 team at the RFA field in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 1, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Girl soccer players from U17, who are amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches...
Yaounde, Cameroon
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Girl soccer players from U17, who are amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy (RFA), attend a training session at the RFA field in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 1, 2019. Gaelle Enganamouit, the star player of Cameroon's team known as the Indomitable Lionesses, one of three African teams to qualify for the Women's World Cup in June, was the brains behind RFA - the West African country's first female soccer academy. Her own experience as a young player in Yaounde showed her that it was important for women to have their own space to train, she told FIFA in January. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu (L), 16, a soccer player, attends her training session with her U17 team, who are...
Yaounde, Cameroon
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Ida Daniela Pouadjeu (L), 16, a soccer player, attends her training session with her U17 team, who are amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy at the Rail's field in Yaounde, Cameroon May 2, 2019. Pouadjeu is angry about people's attitude towards female soccer players. An orphan, she was brought up by her aunt who once warned her against playing football saying she would end up sleeping with all the girls at the academy. Pouadjeu says she uses that anger every day on the pitch. "I train hard to succeed and to prove them all wrong," she said. "I've seen Gaelle (Enganamouit) play on TV. I've never missed one of her matches. She plays so well, I want to be like her." REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri (C), 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by...
Yaounde, Cameroon
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Gaelle Dule Asheri (C), 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy (RFA), challenges U15 team players during their friendly match in the RFA field in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 4, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional...
Yaounde, Cameroon
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Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, a soccer player, who is amongst the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy, celebrates scoring a goal with a teammate during a friendly match in Yaounde, Cameroon, May 4, 2019. Asheri never gave up her dream despite strong opposition from her mother who feared she would lose her daughter to a "men's game". "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," she said. When she first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home, she was the only girl on the informal neighbourhood teams. "I picked up the ball, I kicked it and I never looked back," Asheri said, recalling the childhood street soccer games with her male cousins and neighbours. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra SEARCH "CAMEROON GIRLS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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