Mali forward Agueissa Diarra is blessed with qualities of a striker - dribbling skills, great conversion rate and dead-ball specialist.
The 21-year old looks up to Argentina and Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi, also her favourite player. However she counts the support of her elder brother as the biggest inspiration towards her ambition to reach the top.
In a society where women receive little or no backing to participate in sports, Diarra is very grateful for her brother’s push since the beginning of her career.
“My passion has grown because my elder brother motivates me continuously. He wakes me up early every morning to join him for trainings which inspires me a lot to train harder. Also, he has taught me to play easy and show my skills during games and help my team to win matches,” she told CAFOnline.com.