by Agnes Amondi
Cameroon forward Gaëlle Deborah Enganamouit has retired from football at the age of 28. She made the low-key announcement on her Facebook page in a post that read; “End for all”
Enganamouit has struggled to recover from a recirring anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and has been a free agent since she parted ways with Spanish club Malaga.
The lanky forward has been unable to replicate her 2015 form when she dazzled at the Women’s World Cup in Canada. She scored a hat trick in a 6-0 win against Ecuador, to become the first African to do so.
Despite her fitness concerns, Enganamouit was part of the Cameroon team that reached the last 16 at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France although she did not make an appearance.
She has played for several clubs; Lorema of Yaoundé was her first stop in 2009 before she joined Serbian club ŽFK Spartak Subotica three years later with whom she won the 2013 Serbian league and Cup titles.
A year later, she moved to Swedish club Eskilstuna United DFF. She recorded 41 appearances and 24 goals before signing for FC Rosengård. In 2017, she joined Chinese outfitDalian Quanjian.
She then joined Avaldsnes IL in Norway before a shot stint with Spanish side Malaga.
Gaelle has been capped 47 times and has scored 10 goals for Cameroon.
She won the 2011 All African games in Maputo and finished runners-up at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Women’s Cup of Nations tournament.
In 2015, she was named the African Women’s Player of the Year, and was nominated for the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award in 2016.
She was part of Cameroon’s team that debuted in the Women’s World Cup in 2015 and subsequent squad that went to France last year.