- Emelia Sarpong is a Ghanaian footballer-turned-coach
- The 30-year-old female coach runs Under ten, fifteen, sixteen and seventeen football teams
- Sarpong recounts her impediments as a female coach in a male-dominated field
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Emelia Sarpong, 30, has recounted her challenges as a female footballer-turned-coach in a field with male dominance.
The resilient young lady's story is that of determination amid towering financial limitations coupled with other similar impediments female football coaches face throughout their careers.
Despite the drawbacks, the 30-year-old female coach keeps pushing her dreams and that of her players with her limited resources from her day to day work as a minibus conductor, popularly referred to as 'trotro mate'.
Sarpong became an entrepreneur at the age of 10 to support herself and her education because of her deprived background.
While in junior high school, she combined her studies with nurturing her talent, joining a team right after she completed school.
Before becoming a coach, Emelia played with Ash Town Ladies and later joined Fabulous Ladies.
After five years of training with Fabulous Ladies as a reserved player, she decided to quit and start her team because she felt her coach was underutilising her talent.
Affectionately called coach Amisty, Sarpong now runs Under ten, fifteen, sixteen and seventeen football teams.
She credits her parents for her drive to pursue her passion despite funding limitations.
But her major drawback is the voice of her detractors, urging her to quit and look to a lucrative venture.
Emelia Sarpong recounts her struggle as a female footballer-turned-coach in the video.
In other news, Ghanaian female barber, Grace Minnet, a former student of Benkum Senior High School, has made inroads in a career stereotypically seen as a male-dominated field.
Professionally known as Minnet the Barber, the adventurous lady has defied the odds and is excelling as a barber, despite the impediments women in the field face.
The 25-year-old's career trajectory began after she completed senior high school in 2010.
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