By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Njoya Ajara, 27, is currently ranked the second best Africa Women’s player only behind Nigerian goal poacher Assisat Oshoala, as per what obtained at the 2020 CAF Awards in Egypt.
Despite being placed amongst elites on the continent, Ajara like many other footballers had an uneasy youth, trying to work her way through the ladder of greatness.
Talking to this portal, the latter explained some huddles she had to jump over in her pursuit of glory.
Ajara stated: ‘our dreams are like children. They’re our first children and we have to protect them from discouragement, drugs and all evil things.’
Becoming a professional footballer in Cameroon is the dream of thousands, but in all fairness and truth, the dream remains an illusion and it is far fetched for many.
Njoya Ajara, however, with a combination of hard work and natural talent succeeded.
‘My dream was to play football one day and I fought for it. When I was young, I sold doughnuts to get soccer cleats,’ Ajara told kick442.com
The Lionesses forward got a lot of stick from her family for choosing the path of football as a Woman, instead of concentrating on her studies. Despite the challenges, she only kept battling.
‘When the opportunity came, I clutched my dream and didn’t let it go. I went abroad for my first time of asking and had to come back to cameroon. I could have stayed in Europe but I came back to Cameroon and bounce back.’
Today I feel reborn and have the career I ever craved. To all my sisters, do not give up on your dreams. Believe in yourself and work hard to achieve. Happiness is at the end,’ the Valarenga forward ended.
The Women’s game is growing at top flight. Testament to the growth of Women’s football was the 2019 24 team FIFA Women’s World Cup tourney in France, that had an average of 23,500, attendance per game, with 57,900, turning up in the final. Ajara’s words of encouragement are meant for all the ladies wishing to turn professional one day.
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