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Princesse de Burkina Faso (AS)

Diane Kankyono - Princesse de Burkina Faso

The Princess of Burkina Faso (English below)

Ally Soobye/Le Mauricien/Twenty Ten

Lieu: Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso

A l’âge de 32 ans, Diane Kankyono travaille comme professeur d'éducation physique et sportive pour le Ministère des sports et loisirs du Burkina Faso. Mère de famille, vivant dans la banlieue de Ouagadougou depuis1996 avec un fils âgé de 12 ans, Cédric, elle fait aussi partie de l’équipe féminine de football ‘Les Princesses du Burkina Faso’. Diane Kankyono a commencé le foot à l'âge de 8 ans avec les jeunes de son quartier dans le village de Koudougou situé à 100 km de Ouagadougou. Elle a intégré l'équipe en 1998 dont elle est aussi la capitaine, équipe qui a remporté le championnat féminin ces 5 dernières années. En 2008, lors d'un tournoi triangulaire en Italie, elles ont remporté la compétition face aux équipes italienne et palestinienne

Location: Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso

Thirty-two-year-old Diane Kankyono is a physical education teacher for the Ministry of Sport in Burkina Faso. As if a full-time job balancing various ministerial duties with running training sessions for students wasn’t enough, Diane finds time to do what she loves the most – play football.

Diane grew up 100km from Ouagadougou, in a small village called Koudougou. It was here, at the age of eight, that she discovered her passion for football while playing with the local children. Now, with a 12-year-old son at home, she continues to develop her game as a player for The Burkina Faso Princesses.

The team was established in 1996 and it was two years later that Diane joined. Over the last decade The Burkina Faso Princesses have risen to glory in the Women’s League. In 2008, they travelled to Italy for The Triangular Tournament, where they beat their hosts and a Palestinian team.

When she is not sitting behind a desk in her office, training with team mates or caring for her teenage son, Diane can be found on one of many football fields in the city, training students to play football. With the FIFA World Cup on the horizon, and interest in the game heightened, Diane has many opportunities to share her love for football with the potential up-and-coming stars of her nation.

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