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.