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Fatoumatta Dukureh scores first goal for Wadi Degla in CAF women’s champions league

Nov 9, 2021, 1:24 PM | Article By: Lamin Gibba

Fatou Dukureh over the weekend scored her first goal for her new Egyptian club Wadi Degla in the ongoing Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Champions League opener.

 

The 12-time Egyptian champions thrashed Malian giants AS Mande 3-1 at Cairo’s 30 June Stadium with American-Gambian forward Fatumata Dukureh scoring the second goal before assisting the third.

Dukureh, who moved to Wadi Degla during the summer following her stint in United States, said she is representing her country at the tournament.

“I’m representing the entire Gambia in the tournament,” the 23-year-old forward told CAFOnline.

“I’m humbled to be the first from my country to play in this historic tournament. I’ve been receiving a lot of support back home through social media and I know how excited my people are to watch one of their own playing at this level,” she said.

The lethal attacker’s name has been trending on Gambian social media since making her debut in the tournament.

“I am so proud of myself and my team for the win against AS Mande. To score and provide an assist made me so proud and I’m looking forward to more.”

Fatoumata moved to the United States to further her academic career while playing football at College before signing with Wadi Degla.

“The reason for my move to Wadi Degla is to pursue my career and since this is the first ever Total Energies CAF Women’s Champions League, it’s an honuor to move from the United States to Egypt to be part of this historic tournament and play for a big club.”

Playing for Abuko United in The Gambia has really helped shaped my career because they’ve helped me through developing my football and also guided me to combine football and my academic career,” said Fatoumata Dukureh.

“It is during my time at Abuko United that many knew about me and my potentials. I was selected for the national team whilst I was at the club. The club is so special to me and I’m so proud and grateful to be part of its history.

The young Gambia forward believes the maiden total Energies CAF Women’s Champions League will help boost the women’s game in the continent.

“The idea to have the CAF Women’s Champions League is very important to the development of Women’s game in the continent.”

“It gives hope and a platform for the young girls and women around the continent to play the beautiful game of football,’’ she concluded. 

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