A top Sierra Leone football club has decided to pick a woman to coach its main squad, in a first for the West African country’s professional league.
The East End Tigers named police officer who formerly coached the country’s female football team, as its head coach.
“I’m so proud being a woman… to be appointed head coach of a male football team,” Conteh, 45, told AFP on Friday.
“It has never happened in Sierra Leone,” she added.
Also known by the nickname “D’Cox,” Conteh said she started playing football in her childhood, as a defender, and went on to captain the police football team.
“I’m encouraging more girls to play football in Sierra Leone,” Conteh said.
Human rights defenders say women are routinely discriminated against in the former British colony of some 7.5 million people.
This month, for example, the court of justice of West Africa bloc ECOWAS ruled that a policy banning pregnant girls from school breached rights of access to education.