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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 plays football with her friends outside her house in Yaounde, Cameroon. When Asheri...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17 plays football with her friends outside her house in Yaounde, Cameroon. When Asheri first started playing soccer in the dirt streets near her home in Cameroon's capital, she was the only girl on the informal neighborhood teams which used stones for goal posts and kept score by chalking results on a wall.

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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, and Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, sit on the grass as they speak after their friendly...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri, 17, and Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, sit on the grass as they speak after their friendly match with male U15 in Yaounde. Asheri, 17, and her teammate Ida Pouadjeu, 16, are now among the first wave of girls being trained by professional coaches at the Rails Foot Academy (RFA) in Yaounde. It was set up in January to foster female soccer 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 plays football with her friends outside her house in Yaounde. "I used to train with...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri plays football with her friends outside her house in Yaounde. "I used to train with boys, so with boys there were some exercises I was not allowed to do because I am a girl," Asheri said, describing how she was seen as more fragile than her male counterparts. "But reaching here it was just another world, I was forced to do abdominal exercises, forced to do all harsh work so you reach a level where tears usually come out with sweat."

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May 22, 2019
People sit on train tracks as they watch a friendly match between a U15 boys team and U17 girls team...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
People sit on train tracks as they watch a friendly match between a U15 boys team and U17 girls team at the Rails Foot Academy field in Yaounde. The academy gets its name from the train tracks that hem the playing ground and turn into informal stands for the local spectators, who gather to watch the girls' teams play all-male sides.

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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Enganamouit is depicted on the facade of a hairdressers' shop in Yaounde. Global interest in women's...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Enganamouit is depicted on the facade of a hairdressers' shop in Yaounde. Global interest in women's soccer is growing and FIFA hopes over a billion viewers will tune in to watch the Women's World Cup in June. Cameroon's national side, known as the Indomitable Lionesses, was one of three African teams to qualify. Its star player, Gaelle Enganamouit, 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.

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May 22, 2019
Emmanuel Eteme Biolo, a girls' U17 team coach, talks with his team during halftime of the match at the...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Emmanuel Eteme Biolo, a girls' U17 team coach, talks with his team during halftime of the match at the Rail Foot Academy field. 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.

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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri (L), walks with her classmates at a bilingual high school in Yaounde. Asheri attends...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri (L), walks with her classmates at a bilingual high school in Yaounde. Asheri attends the academy on Saturday mornings and after school on Wednesdays, changing out of her uniform - a belted blue knee-length dress - into her team's matching kit. She is studying for her final baccalaureate exams, but the dream for her and Pouadjeu is to play soccer at a professional level like their benefactor.

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May 22, 2019
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, smiles as she sits on her bed in Yaounde. "I've seen Gaelle (Enganamouit) play...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, smiles as she sits on her bed in Yaounde. "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.

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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri jokes with her teammates before their training session in the Rails district field...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri jokes with her teammates before their training session in the Rails district field in Yaounde. 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 neighbors.

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May 22, 2019
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu (C), 16, is seen with her aunt Rosalie Tchamkou (L) and her sister Kevine at their...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu (C), 16, is seen with her aunt Rosalie Tchamkou (L) and her sister Kevine at their house in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, arrives home after school in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu, 16, arrives home after school in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri washes dishes outside her house in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri washes dishes outside her house in Yaounde. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri watches TV with her father Emmanuel in their sitting room. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri watches TV with her father Emmanuel in their sitting room. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri eats and talks to her mother Fouda Marie-Bernadette as she sits on her bed. REUTERS/Zohra...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri eats and talks to her mother Fouda Marie-Bernadette as she sits on her bed. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri leaves her house, as she walks to a bilingual high school. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri leaves her house, as she walks to a bilingual high school. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri attends a course at a bilingual high school as she prepares for her final baccalaureate...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri attends a course at a bilingual high school as she prepares for her final baccalaureate exams. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri (2nd L) talks to her classmates at a bilingual high school where she prepares for...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri (2nd L) talks to her classmates at a bilingual high school where she prepares for her final baccalaureate exams. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri prepares before her training session in the Rails district field. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri prepares before her training session in the Rails district field. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri gets dressed to attend the training session of the female U17 team at the Rail Football...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri gets dressed to attend the training session of the female U17 team at the Rail Football Academy field. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
A girl soccer player attends a training session at the RFA field. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
A girl soccer player attends a training session at the RFA field. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri attends a training session of the female U17 team at the RFA field. REUTERS/Zohra...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri attends a training session of the female U17 team at the RFA field. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Girl soccer players from U17 attend a training session at the RFA field. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Girl soccer players from U17 attend a training session at the RFA field. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu (L), 16, aattends her training session with her U17 team at the Rail's field. REUTERS/Zohra...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Ida Daniela Pouadjeu (L), 16, aattends her training session with her U17 team at the Rail's field. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri (C) challenges U15 team players during their friendly match in the RFA field. REUTERS/Zohra...
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The Wider Image: Cameroonian girls defy prejudice to pursue soccer dreams
Gaelle Dule Asheri (C) challenges U15 team players during their friendly match in the RFA field. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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May 22, 2019
Gaelle Dule Asheri celebrates scoring a goal with a teammate during a friendly match. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra...
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Gaelle Dule Asheri celebrates scoring a goal with a teammate during a friendly match. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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