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Houston’s Michaela Abam Says Playing In The World Cup Was ‘Eye Opening’

Abam played for her parents’ home country of Cameroon.

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Houston native Michaela Abam (right) playing for her parents’ home country of Cameroon against the Netherlands in the 2019 World Cup.

Houston native Michaela Abam played in the recently concluded FIFA Women’s World Cup for her parents’ native country of Cameroon.

Abam was born and raised here in Houston and plays forward. She picked up the game watching her siblings play, and she competed in leagues around the city before playing collegiately for West Virginia University.

Michaela Abam
Houston native Michaela Abam played collegiately for West Virginia University.

Then, she played professionally in both the U.S. and abroad, and, most recently, she just completed a stint with the French club team Paris FC.

And so while playing in France, where the World Cup was held, was nothing new to her, she tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty the level of play at the World Cup was “eye-opening.”

In the audio above, Abam tells him about her experience in the tournament and how it will affect her game going forward.

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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