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Published On: Wed, Jan 14th, 2015

I was stripped to prove my womanhood – Anonma

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Genoveva Anonma was used to the insults. For years, she had shrugged off the suspicions, ignored the accusations after she was stripped.

But what she was not prepared for was the degrading ordeal that followed her starring performance for Equatorial Guinea in the 2008 African Women’s Championship.

Scorer of the winning goal on home soil as her country became the first team other than Nigeria to win the tournament, Anonma should have been savouring the realisation of a dream. Instead she was plunged into a personal nightmare.

As her energetic and powerful performances prompted rival teams to accuse her of being a man, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) chose the crudest of methods to establish Anonma’s gender.

“They asked me to take all my clothes off in front of officials from CAF and the Equatorial Guinea team,” she recalls.

“I was really upset, my morale was low and I was crying. It was totally humiliating, but over time I have got over it.”

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