PROMISING NEW PARTNERSHIP

THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S FOOTBALL TEAM PAYS A COURTESY VISIT TO THE MINISTER OF SECONDARY EDUCATION

A delegation of the national women’s football team led by the President of the Cameroon special league for women’s football and the team captain, AboudiOnguene, communes with Professor NalovaLyonga, Minister of Secondary Education on Monday, 4 November 2019.

The Conference Hall of the Ministry of Secondary Education was the place to be this Monday, 4 November 2019 to witness the glamour and communion between the Minister of Secondary Education, Professor NalovaLyongawith her close collaborators, and the much acclaimed figures of the Cameroon national women’s football team. Not even the heavy downpour the city of Yaoundé woke up to this day has been able to dilute the warmness the squad headed by AboudiOnguenehasbrought along during their morning visit to the Minister of Secondary Education who on this occasion gave her female collaborators the pride of place.

“We’re really thankful to Madam the Minister for the audience she has accepted to grant us; we couldn’t help meeting with her”, declared team captain, Aboudi Onguene as she introduced her mates. The national women’s football team came to thank the Minister of Secondary Education for her commitment in the education of the girl and for her unwavering support in the promotion of women’s football in Cameroon. In fact, the Ministry of Secondary Education serves as a breeding ground for the development of female talents in the domain of football through the promotion of women’s football in the FENASSCO League “A”Games.

This visit was equally an opportunity for the lionesses to request for a stronger partnership with the Ministry of Secondary Education so as to give more visibility to women’s football through the involvement of secondary schools in the promotion of women’s football in Cameroon.To the Inspector General of Education, the success and commitment of the lionesses on the pitches commands the acknowledgment of women expertise which proves women are the future.

Talking to the lionesses, Professor NalovaLyongasaid how thrilled she was welcoming the iconic figures of women’s football in Cameroon. In a protocol-free way, the Minister of Secondary Education confirmed her readiness and availability to back up the girls in the newly announced venture. This will be done together with some of the partners, such as MTN, an all-time partner ofthe Ministry of Secondary Education, present in the ceremony. Speaking as a mother and as an educator, the Minister reminded the lionesses ofthe leadership assignment they are entrusted with since they are role models for other young Cameroonian girls. “We want you to be exemplary; we want you to remain exemplary”, Professor NalovaLyongaurged. She went onto encouragethe heroines to follow suit with Celine Eko,the President of the Cameroon special league for women’s football, a lady she so much admires for her commitment and achievements in implanting women’s football in Cameroon.

Above all, Professor NalovaLyonga advised the lionesses to play the advocacy role expected from them in the right way and to adopt equanimity in every situation, so as to keep carrying the society forward.

Aimé Ngidjol/CELCOM