A female footballer from Equatorial Guinea, Genoveva Añonma, has revealed how African football authorities asked her to strip naked in front of them to prove that she is female.
The female star who played in the 2011 Women’s World Cup, had been accused of being a man by rival teams for years.
The rumours came to a climax in 2008 when she was made to strip naked in front of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and her team in a degrading ordeal to “prove” she was a woman.
Instead of carrying out recognised medical gender tests, the officials forced her to take her clothes off in front of a group and they examined her themselves.
Añonma, who plays as a forward, had just scored a winning goal in the African Women’s Championship, held in Equatorial Guinea.
“They asked me to take all my clothes off in front of officials from CAF and the Equatorial Guinea team,” she told the BBC’s Sportshour programme.
“I was really upset, my morale was low and I was crying. It was totally humiliating, but over time I have got over it,” she said of the disturbing event.
Añonma plays for German club team Turbine Potsdam, as well as for her country team. She scored Equatorial Guinea’s only two goals in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup.