By Angu Lesley
Veteran Cameroonian Women’s Footballer, Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene has thrown more lights on her recent decision to sign a contract extension at Russian Premier League giants CSKA Moscow till the end of the 2022 season.
The 32-year old who first came to Moscow in 2017 is now certain of spending up to seven years in the Russian capital is expected to be rewarded with a new job whenever her limps are unable to carry her in the role of a footballer.
Noted for her intelligent playstyle and her incisive moves into the opposition defense, officials of CSKA believe it will be good for Aboudi to stay on and pass her knowledge in a trainer’s role after she retired from playing.
“CSKA made an interesting proposal in the new contract. The club asked me to stay on, and there is a clause on the contract that allow me to switch to coaching if I can’t play till 2023,” Onguene revealed in an interview with Griffe-2-Foot.
It is quite an exciting and timely proposal for the ex-Louves and Canon Yaounde Ladies forward who is certainly in the twilight of his career.
It is timely because recently Aboudi was listed amongst potential students of the December 2021 CAF License B training course for footballers, referees and educators who show interest to switch to coaching.
The former striker who counts eleven goals in season still has a lot to offer on the pitch.
The ex-Alpha Kaliningrad forward still has a long walk before resignation.
Considered one of the best recruit for the club since her arrival, Aboudi has gone on to feature for the club on 85 occasions in all competitions, scoring 29 goals.
The experience striker will be accompanying her side in the efforts to bring another title to Moscow next season. She has already won two Russian Women’s League and a cup title, but remains hungry for more.
Aboudi has been a performaning footballer in professional set ups for over a decade. Last year the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) included her in their team of the decade between 2011- 2020.
Aboudi who counts 69 caps and 19 goals for Cameroon’s senior women’s team has also revealed she is targeting a win in next year’s AWCON should after two near misses in 2014 and 2016.
The multiple times nominee for the African Women’s Footballer of the year Award could skipper her country during next year’s women’s African cup of Nations tournament in Morocco- if Cameroon eliminates the Gambia in the final qualifying round in February.
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