Meet Salama Miruho Djasmine, the first woman coach to train a men’s soccer team in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As head coach at Daring Club Virunga, one of the top teams in North Kivu province, she is breaking barriers and inspiring young women everywhere.
Soccer runs in Djasmine’s family, with her father as a referee and her five brothers as players.
She was once a player herself but decided to pursue her passion for coaching and become a professional coach.
Her hard work and dedication led her to DC Virunga, where she started as an intern and was promoted to head coach right away.
“I find that there are no hurdles because the players listen to me and follow instructions and do this work well. I feel very good, I am comfortable”, Djasmine told Reuters, despite being worried about facing potential difficulties for being a woman.
She is confident in her team’s abilities and is helping her team to prepare for the National Football League’s upcoming games.
“With the work I have done with my players, I feel confident… We are ready”, Djasmine said.