By Duncan Mlanjira
French football World Cup winning international and Manchester United star midfielder, Paul Pogba’s mother has been appointed as an ambassador for women’s football for Guinea Football Federation (Feguifoot), Goal.com and the BBC report.
Yeo Moriba is herself a former Guinea women’s football international and got married to a Frenchman, Fassou Antoine Pogba, but they got separated in 1996.
According to reports, Yeo Moriba brought up her three sons single-handedly after she separated from Fassou Antoine and she raised her three boys — Paul and his elder twin brothers, Mathias and Florentin alone on France’s toughest council estate.
The three bothers are all professional footballers but while Paul opted to represent France, his twin brothers Florentin and Mathis have played for the Guinea national team.
Florentin and Mathias, who have both played for the Syli Nationale, were born in Guinea before Moriba moved to France where Paul was born.
Defender Florentin last played in Turkey with Genclerbirligi while striker Mathias is currently with French club Tours.
According to Goal.com and the BBC, Moriba met Feguifoot president Mamadou Antonio Souare where she was confirmed in her new appointed to her new role.
“I am proud of what the Guinean Football Federation and its president Mamoudou Antonio Souare have done in their work. I pray to Allah to accompany you in the development of Guinean football,” she told the Feguifoot website.
The hope is that the family will be able to rejuvenate women’s football in Guinea. Unlike their male counterparts, the women’s team has never qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations let alone the World Cup or Olympics.
“I hope that the mother of the Pogba brothers has the strength to support them,” Souare is quoted as saying.
According to Wikipedia, the 25-year-old Paul Labile Pogba, born on March 15, 1993 in Lagny-sur-Marne, France showed much promise as a youngster, flourishing as a member of local youth teams.
He eventually joined the youth team of Ligue 1 side of Le Havre before a protracted transfer brought him to Manchester United in 2009. After beginning his senior career with Manchester United two years later, limited appearances persuaded him to depart to join Italian side Juventus on a free transfer in 2012, where he helped the club to four consecutive Serie A titles, as well as two Coppa Italia and two Supercoppa Italians titles.
During his time in Italy, Pogba further established himself as one of the most promising young players in the world, and received the Golden Boy award in 2013, followed by the Bravo Award in 2014.
In 2016, Pogba was named to the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year as well as the 2015 FIFA FIFPro World XI after helping Juventus to the 2015 UEFA Champions League final, their first in 12 years.
Pogba’s performances at Juventus allowed him to return to Manchester United in 2016 for a then-world record transfer fee of €105 million (£89.3 million). The fee paid for him remains the highest paid by an English club.
In his first season back, he won the League Cup and the Europa League. Internationally, he captained France to victory at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup and took home the award for the Best Player for his performances during the tournament.
He made his debut for the senior team a year later, and featured prominently at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he was awarded the Best Young Player Award.
He later represented his nation at UEFA Euro 2016 on home soil, where he finished as a runner-up, before winning the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup after scoring in the final.