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Shattering cultural bonds: the 16-year-old woman striker making pro-woman football “normal” in Cameroon

Shattering cultural bonds: the 16-year-old woman striker making pro-woman football “normal” in Cameroon

LEOCADIA BONGBEN, BIRD STORY AGENCY "WHEN I gave her my first allowance from my first outing with the national team to the Tokyo Olympic Games, mama was shocked,” said Lamine Mana, describing her mother's reaction to her professional footballing income, during an interview at her side's hotel in the Melen neighbourhood of the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé. The striker for the national Under-20 side is just 16 and something of a national hero. With several seasons of league action under her belt and previous outings with the national U-17 squad, she was part of the team that beat Gambia 10-1 on…
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South Africa to vaccinate athletes ahead of Tokyo Olympic games

South Africa to vaccinate athletes ahead of Tokyo Olympic games

SOUTH African athletes due to participate in this year's Tokyo Olympics will receive COVID-19 shots during a vaccination rollout that has so far prioritised the elderly and frontline workers, the country's medicine authority said yesterday. Tokyo is due to host the Games from July 23 to August 8 after they were postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have faced calls for a further postponement or cancellation because of rising COVID-19 cases in Japan and elsewhere, but they now look set to go ahead. In a statement, the South…
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