By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Ajara Nchout has predicted an African Women’s football team could conquer the world before the Men’s. Speaking in a recent interview with kick442.com, the Valerenga forward discussed the equal pay trending issue before backing Women’s football to harvest the global football prize for Africa.
Ajara joined her voice to that of the U.S Women’s national team, to preach against gender inequality in football.
The evolution of women’s football from the late 1900s till date has been jaw dropping to keen followers.
The ‘Shakespearean’ mindset of a boring game between 22 women on the turf that for some absurd reason preferred football over other activities — is now a thing of the past.
The last two editions of the Women’s World Cup has been simply marvelous, not just with improved skills, equally, the women’s game is attracting a wider audience.
The last two Women’s World Cup editions have been a turning point with a record number of ticket sales. The 2015 tournament in Canada notably sold a total of 1.35 million tickets.
Despite the evolution of Women’s game in all facets, bonuses, and salaries are yet to be improved.
It is due to this reason that Nchout Ajara has joined her voice alongside four time Women’s World Cup winners U. S and juggernauts in the game to call on the pay gap to be breached.
A gender discrimination lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Soccer Federation on March 8, 2019.
Talking on the issue, Valerenga forward, Njoya Ajara, said: ‘ the game is justified by Men’s football that has existed for over a century, which is not the case with Women’s football.’
The 2019 FIFA PUSKAS nominee then went on to say if the gap cannot be reduced at club level, it should definitely be chopped at various national selections.
‘If the difference is wide at club levels, something should be done to reduce the gap at national selections. The Men, and Women defend the same flag. There’s no difference between a male and a female soldier,’ Ajara hinted.
Aja continued — ‘ the bonus of sponsors can understandably be different, but the difference should not be abusing either.
‘We do not have the same talent as men, but we provide emotions for the public. Our generation will be proud one day, when our younger sisters benefit from what we are fighting for.’
The Men’s category on the continent has been around for as long as 86 years back, participating in their first World Cup competition, with just three quarterfinal spots to show forth since then. Ajara has predicted Women can grab the precious metal before the Men. ‘I hope that African Women’s football wouldn’t take as long as the Men’s to win a World Cup.
‘Men on the continent have not been able to win the world cup despite the talents of Albert Roger Milla, Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and Asamoah Gyan. The road is long, but we will be able to make it. Let’s stay patient, organized, and professional on all fronts. Only by this way can we one day win the World Cup,’ Nchout ended.
Njoya Ajara has taken part in two World Cups and made the knockout rounds in all, contributing three goals (one in Canada and two, in the most recent in France.)
Pressure on football stakeholders continue to build as ladies join their voices to stamp out gender inequality in the ‘beautiful game.’
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