Super Falcons goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie, the youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the Women’s World Cup, reveals her experiences with the national team and her humble beginnings.
The Super Falcons Skipper in an interview revealed how her mum stole from her dad to support her career.
“There was a lot of resistance from home. My dad and my elder brother didn’t support me at first. My dad would say girls don’t play football, and that I must go to school and after that, I must learn how to sew.
“But my mum was very supportive. Sometimes she would steal money from my dad to give me as transport for training.
“It hasn’t been easy, I miss my family in Nigeria so much, but I also have a family here. I’ve been able to adjust to the weather in France. I came here during the winter season.
“When I came in, the weather was really cold and I used to wear about three cloths but after a while, I only wear one and my jacket is enough to keep me warm.
“Football runs in my family. I grew up in the midst of the boys that loved playing football. I was the youngest girl and whenever I went out to play with the big girls, they chased me away, but when I got home, I was always stuck with my siblings and cousins, who are boys.
“Becoming a goalkeeper was never part of the plan for me. In 2012, during the National Sports Festival period, we were preparing for an elimination game in Umuahia.
“We were playing a friendly game against an academy’s U-13 boys and were losing 12-2. We went to the game with just one keeper and at a point, she became tired. I asked the coach if I could go and take her place and he was skeptical about letting me play, so he took a ball and tested my baII-handling skills.
“He was impressed with it and after the game, he called me to a corner and advised me as a father.” She said.