Gaëlle Enganamouit, the star of the indomitable lionesses, opened the first women’s football school in Cameroon.
Her school, “Rails Football Academy” takes its name from the disadvantaged area of Yaoundé in which she grew up.Publicity
“I’ll start with my money and the support of the sponsors, but the problem is not money, but training,” said the 2015 African Footballer of the Year at BBC Sport.
“I will give everything to train my younger sisters and help them grow,” she added.
Gaëlle Enganamouit, who is currently playing in Norway, wants to open doors for other players with similar training. It is supported by the Cameroon National Football Academy, the country’s football federation.
“My motivation is my past. I may be a great footballer today, but everyone knows I’m from a tough neighborhood, and things have not been easy for me. That’s why, with the opportunity I have today, I decided to help others. “
The academy, inaugurated last Friday, will recruit 18 players in each of the three categories under 8, under 13 and under 17.
Unlike other academies, girls are not expected to contribute to their training and education.
The star of Cameroon already has plans for the future: “We will start in Yaoundé, but we call the players from other regions to be patient because they will soon be part of the academy,” she said.
The academy is the last leg of Enganamouit’s journey to help young girls in Cameroon after the creation of the Children’s Rails Foundation in 2016 which organizes annual football events for girls during the holiday season.