By AFESEH APONG
The first edition of the OG7 awards night took place in Yaoundé on Saturday December 07, 2019, where the donor, indomitable lionesses captain Gabrielle About Onguene rewarded best talents in women’s football at the local level, and also provided support consisting of Jersey’s and balls to some 15 women clubs in Cameroon.
The initiative of the CSKA Moscow forward, was aimed at encouraging young talents in the country, who dreaming of making big careers in football.
Speaking during the award, Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene said more of such actions are needed to better develop the women’s game in Cameroon.
“To well develop women’s football in Cameroon, I think we need actions like this one (the OG7 awards), even if it is that of the OG7 awards. We have seen that of teammate Gael Enganamouit, where she has created an academy. After the OG7 awards we will like to see more of such initiatives so that together we can develop women’s football” said Aboudi.
The 30_year old also expressed satisfaction with the first edition of her award.
“Very satisfied because in the hall I met many people who encouraged me in football and when my association started (Association Terre Promise De Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene). We wish that the initiative should continue and we are hoping that many people will accompany us because it is not just one hand that take women’s football to a greater stage. In the next edition of award, we will correct certain things that were lacking in the first edition”.
Asked about what inspired her to come up with the OG7 awards, Aboudi added “it is just a donation because I started very young and from the beginning people did not know that there was women’s football. Many of us started by playing together with boys and that’s why we wanted to bring this donations, to continue to give hopes to these young girls who have dreams of one day being like us”.
Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene is one of the few women’s footballer who is given back to the grassroots. She has spend most of her playing time the Cameroon women’s league, where she represented Canon girls of Yaoundé from 2005 before joining Louves Minproff in 2009, where she helped them clinch three straight league titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011. He football journey would later take her to Russia, where she has represented Rossiyanka and presently CSKA Moscow.
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