On match day Fikisa Xholo is pictured standing on the sidelines waiting to be called on to the field of play as she carries her baby boy on her back. She is a mother of two and a soccer player.
she is passionate about football but she still has a duty as a mother to her kids. She is an unusual sight to many spectators and possibly her male counterparts but what is the real cost of the drive to juggle parenthood and a professional sports career?
In 2019 a photo of Nigerian female footballer breastfeeding during halftime went viral. Spectators were stunned this rarely happens in football games at halftime. But this brought a lot of controversies and left people asking whether is necessary to expose everything to the media.
Kenyan footballer Winnie Wangui also went viral for breastfeeding during halftime. Winnie Wangui started playing football early in high school and kept on playing when she was still pregnant for her daughter. However, after the birth of her daughter, she had to take a break for a while to care for her young baby. but she eventually returned to the pitch.
In a post shared on Facebook, "So you could not have pumped the milk in a bottle just for the game" one fan commented. In Africa, it's normal for women to breastfeed in public. When you grow up in a society where it is normal to breastfeed in public. You would probably see nothing wrong as well.
This highlights the challenges that most women are faced with in the world. They often have to balance motherhood and their careers. But these women have shown us that when you are passionate about something nothing can stand in your way.
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