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Somalia’s first female soccer club score a breakthrough for gender equality

Mogadishu in Somalia has over one hundred private soccer fields that are hired out day and night to amateur male teams. Mohamed said many were off limits for her two teams of mainly 16-18-year-olds, who play for two hours every day at a cost of $14

Somalia's first female soccer club score a breakthrough for gender equality

On a tired artificial pitch near a Mogadishu street that has been hit with a series of explosions, Shaima Sallal Mohamed is tackling the stereotype that soccer in Somalia is only for men. In Pic: The assistant coach Mohamed Ahmed Mohamud of the Golden Girls Football Centre speaks to the members of the Somalia's first female soccer club as they prepare to attend their training session at the Al-Nureyn indoor fitness centre in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Source: Reuters)

Somalia's first female soccer club score a breakthrough for gender equality

The football fan is player and coach of the all-female Golden Club, which she founded after spending a fruitless year trying to find a place to play when she returned home from Kenya in 2015. “In Somali culture, women are not allowed to play football,” the 24-year-old Mohamed said. (Source: Reuters)

Somalia's first female soccer club score a breakthrough for gender equality

Mogadishu has over one hundred private soccer fields that are hired out day and night to amateur male teams. Mohamed said many were off limits for her two teams of mainly 16-18-year-olds, who play for two hours every day at a cost of $14. (Source: Reuters)

Somalia's first female soccer club score a breakthrough for gender equality

Their venue, located behind hotels on the main Maka al Mukaram street, has rusting goal posts, tangled nets, paint peeling off the walls around the pitch and an uninviting iron sheeting roof. (Source: Reuters)

Somalia's first female soccer club score a breakthrough for gender equality

Another player, Nimco Cali Osman, said her family supports her decision to play football, but others don’t. “I face challenges. People insult me. They say to me: ‘You are a woman, why do you play football?’ (Source: Reuters)

Somalia's first female soccer club score a breakthrough for gender equality

Mohamed’s next aim is to take the Golden Club international. “We want to go to Nairobi, Kenya and see how we can play. And in December, we want play with international teams on women’s rights day,” she said. (Source: Reuters)

Somalia's first female soccer club score a breakthrough for gender equality

“We could not get fields to play because women are discriminated (against),” Mohamed said. (Source: Reuters)

Somalia's first female soccer club score a breakthrough for gender equality

Mohamed, who played football at high school in Kenya, also helps her team by providing basic kit, balls and cones. She organises fund raising events to help cover the costs. (Source: Reuters)

Somalia's first female soccer club score a breakthrough for gender equality

A goalkeeper of the Golden Girls Football Centre, Somalia's first female soccer club, attends their training session at the Al-Nureyn indoor fitness centre in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Source: Reuters)

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