GIZA: Faiza Heidar grew up playing soccer in the streets with the boys and went on to captain Egypt`s national women`s team. Now she has become the first woman to train one of the country`s professional men`s clubs.
Heidar has been signed up by the fourth division side Ideal Goldi, based in Giza.
“There is usually some mockery at the beginning,” the 36-year-old told Reuters.
“But then they realise that they will learn something, that they will develop their skills.”
She said she was the first Egyptian coach – male or female – to gain the Premier Skills Coach Educator status, certified by England`s Premier League.
Soccer remains an overwhelmingly male sport in Egypt.
“I would tell her not to go. She would say: `No, I will go.` She loved the sport,” said Heidar`s mother, Khodra Abdelrahman.
“I let her go and prayed that God helps her. And she did go, and she has done so well.”