For 21-year-old Kouame Jessica, the chance to represent France at this year’s Homeless World Cup helps further cement her love for the ‘beautiful game’.
“I’ve always loved football from a young age. I love playing collective sports and being part of a team, so for me to be here as part of the French team is just fantastic.”
Jessica can’t really recall a time when she wasn’t without a ball at her feet, and it’s her commitment to the game that has seen her run out for France.
“I’ve been playing football for 16 years, since I was 5. And I’ve been playing international matches for three years. It means everything to me.”
Jessica’s journey began when she contacted an association for people experiencing homelessness to try and find a football team. Shortly after, she learned of the Homeless World Cup tournament and was lucky enough to make the squad.
And for Jessica, she hopes her participation for France at the 2017 Homeless World Cup in Oslo can serve as a springboard for her to go on to even greater heights.
“I’m very proud to play for France and hope that one day I might play for the national full women’s side. That is my dream.”
Words: Craig Williams
Images: Romain Kedochim