The challenges faced by a football academy for girls in Nigeria
23 June 2019 | 6:28 am
In the suburbs of Abuja, football coach Emmanuel Edet tries to raise the next generation of Nigeria's female football players. But, far from the glitz and glammer experienced by the professionals who are set to contend the women's World Cup in France from June 7, the head coach and players of 'Emmanuel Queens Girls football Academy' face many challenges.
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