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A female football fan (AG)

Amos Gumulira/Twenty Ten

Associated features on Ghana: Daily living to a fan (Photo feature), Soccerscapes (Photo feature), First African Win (Photo and text feature), Ghana's Black Queens (Photo feature), Second hand goods (Photo feature), Ghana's future stars (Photo feature) and Sports commentators (Photo feature)

Associated features on women in soccer: Old is gold, Kenya (Photo feature), Girlfriends (Photo feature), La Femme en Noir, Congo (Photo feature), Football Iron Lady, Liberia (Photo feature), Hijabs for soccer boots, Egypt (Audio feature), Femme et foot, Burkina Faso (Audio feature), Women supporters, Ghana (Audio feature), Sudan female football (Audio feature), Women in Egypt (Audio feature), Femme arbitre, Congo (Audio feature), Personal penalties (Text feature), Femme de footballeur (Text feature), Passion de femme (Text feature) and War on women (Text feature)

Location: Accra, Ghana

Helen Teye, a loyal member of the Ghana Female Supporters Union, is a lot more than just another football fan. Not only does she fervently support her local team, Accra Hearts of Oak, and her national team, Black Stars, she is also a dedicated wife, a mother of four, a business woman and a devoted member of the Church of Pentecost in her area, popularly called Nana Appa in James Town, Accra, Ghana.

The struggle for female empowerment is typical for many Ghanaian women. Like Helen, they believe that women should have the opportunities to achieve what men can. They want to be self-sufficient, confident and free to pursue their passions.

Helen’s passion is football. She is involved in the Women Supporters Union, an organisation that rallies behind both local and national teams. She attends soccer matches religiously and participates in the celebration by wearing her team’s colours. In the run up to the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament, Helen, and women like her, will be preparing to go all out in support of their country.

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