Players from one of the biggest football clubs in Africa, Tout Puissant Mazembe, are practicing on the field ahead of their next game. On the sidelines in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo is their coach Maguy Safi, the first female coach of their women’s team.
On the small dusty field, Maguy Safi gives instructions to her players as the curious look on. Her journey to this coveted coaching position wasn’t an easy one, she says.
Despite knocking on soccer club doors with her bachelor’s degree in her pocket, she repeatedly encountered misogyny and discrimination as she applied for coaching positions.
“It was a bit difficult for me– people wouldn’t accept me,” she says.