By Beng Emmanuel
Sports writer, Kick442.com Cameroon
Cameroonian forward Micheala Abam has praised the move of more African female footballers into the Spanish La Liga Iberdrola with hopes that they can have “better impact” with their various National teams.
The 22-year-old forward joined Real Betis in August 2019 from Paris FC and has a source of inspiration for the Spanish outfit.
Real Betis beat Valencia 1-0 to clinch their first win in the Spanish Primera Division Femeni last weekend against Valencia.
“It is good, we have a Nigerian who just joined the team as well.Nice to see more of us coming in. It is good, the league is building itself with more players coming from Africa as well. I hope they can continue to help us bring better impact when coming to our national selection as well” Abam told Kick442.com in an exclusive interview.
Despite facing a few huddles in her new club, the Cameroonian international is upbeat to overturn fortunes and triumph.
“Obviously, there has been some language barrier, but everyone has been very helpful and nice. It is very good.
Learning new technics, tactics and adapting with the girls in the group has been well. Starting the season wasn’t great, but we just picked up our first win.”
In the last months, Spanish clubs have signed an increasing number of African female footballers.
Nigeria leads in figures with Assisat Oshoala of Barcelona, Osinachi (Ohale CD Tacon) Efih Peace (De Helva) and Tobi Olanrewaju (De huelva), Chidinma Nkeruka Okeke of Madrid CFF, Toni Payne of Sevilla, Osinachi Mavis Ohale of Huelva
on the spotlight.
Other female African footballer in Spain include; Ode Fulutudilu (born In DR CONGO but represents South Africa), Barbra Banda ( Escuelasa de futbul legrono) and Morocco’s Maryem Hajri ( Sporting Huesca).
Africa can also boost of Grenadila Tenerife’s duo Ange Nguessan from the Ivory Coast and Cameroon’s Raissa Feudjio, Equatorial Guinea’s Dorine Nina of Legrono, Zanatha Coleman of Namibia and FC Valencia , Jade Boho of Legrono and Eunice Beckmann of Germany/Ghana and Madrid FC are also among the cast of African stars in Spain.
With the creation of the Spanish Women’s football Association founded in 2015, female football in Spain has received a huge boost.
Last year, FC Barcelona became the first ever Spanish team to reach the Women’s Champions League although they lost to Lyon 4-1 with Nigeria’s Assisat Oshoala scoring the consolatory goal.
Going by the recent changes, more African women footballers could be seduced to play in the Spanish Primera Division Femeni, what should be a bold step to realize their ambitions.
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