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Northern Ladies’ Anatu Sadat is the first Muslim player to play in the WPL whiles in Hijab

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Northern Ladies striker Anatu Sadat has made history by becoming the first Ghanaian female footballer to play in an Islamic scarf.

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Anatu wore the scarf on Tuesday when the Tamale-based side Played against Ampem Darkoa Ladies at Techiman in the Ghana Women’s Premier League.

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She is one of the few to benefit from the hijab initiative by Nordsjaelland defender Maxwell Woledzi.

About wearing of Hijab

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The wearing of head covers had been banned until 2012, with FIFA saying that they posed too great a risk of injury to the head or neck.

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However, the IFAB then allowed them to be tested out over a two-year period following a request from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), a trial which proved to be successful.

In March 2014, FIFA has authorised the wearing of head covers for religious purposes during matches.

That will allow female Muslim players who wear a hijab in everyday life to cover their heads during matches as well.

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