By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Ghana Women National team player, Samira Suleiman has shared with Confederation of African Football, CAF, her football challenges and success stories given her family background.
“I was born in a town in the Central region, but originally I am from the upper west coast region in Ghana. I am from a family of eight. My dad, mum, three boys, and three girls. I was just born to play football. Nothing but football. I grew up playing football. So far, I have gotten some challenges.” She said.
“Society didn’t love it when a girl child play football but my parents love it when I took to playing football because my dad was footballer. They were in support of me playing.”
The death of Samira’s parents served as the beginning of her major challenge in the course of her football career.
“I lost my parents on the way. It was a bit sad. After I lost my parents, it wasn’t easy and it was hard for me to play football because I went to stay with my aunty and she didn’t love it much.”
Samira Suleiman also shared her success stories as she admonishes everyone to support girl child in their football career.
“I have about three to four success stories in football which I love sharing. Football has done a lot for me. It has given me a scholarship to study outside. Also, I have won medals. I won 2015 All African Games Gold. I also won bronze in the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations, AWCON. I emerged as the best player and top scorer in the first-ever women’s league in Ghana.”
“Now I take care of my family all because of football. I expect everybody out there to support women who want to play football.” She concluded.
Samira scored in a 2–0 win against Ethiopia in a 2014 African Women’s Championship qualification match. She was on the Ghana squad for the 2014 African Women’s Championship. She scored in Ghana’s 1–0 win over Ivory Coast in the semifinals of th 2015 African Games. In April 2016 she scored Brace against Tunisia which helped the Black Queens qualify for the 2016 African Women Championship in Cameroon. She was Nominated by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana in 2016.
On March 14, 2018, Suleman was appointed as an ambassador by World Vision International to aid in the eradication of early Child Marriage in the Northern Region and the rest of Northern Ghana.
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