‘Female’ defender helps team to first ever win

AMERICAN Samoa – the country ranked last in the world by FIFA – have recorded their first ever win, with the help of a transgender defender.
Johnny ‘Jayieh’ Saelua, making his international debut, helped the team to a 2-1 win over Tonga, their first win after 30 straight defeats.
He was named man of the match in the process.
Jayieh, a man who was raised as a woman – a common practice known as ‘fa’afafine’ in Samoa – said: “The team accept me and we have that mutual respect. Which is great. It’s all part of the culture.”
Coach Thomas Rongen said: “I’ve really got a female starting at centre back.
“Can you imagine that in England or Spain?”


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