Ten-year-old Jessica Quachie grew up in a slum in the Liberian capital Monrovia.
But her life changed after she was spotted by a football academy.
Now she’s getting an education on and off the pitch, and has played international tournament football against boys.
Video journalist: Tamasin Ford
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