By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Rivers Angels and Super Falcons goal keeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie has confirmed that she is really happy and elated to be nominated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for 2019 Women Player of the Year Award.
Nnadozie disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Award winning kick442.com-Nigeria correspondent Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde.
“After a wonderful and blessed year for me in my young career, I feel happy and elated to be nominated by CAF for 2019 Women Player of the year together with team mates Asisat Oshoala and Uchenna Kanu. I bless God for His grace and this huge recognition”.
On her world cup and national team experience with Super Falcons, the 18 year old save hands said that after playing for Nigeria at Under 20 level, she never thought that she would play so early for Super Falcons at the world cup this year.
“After playing for the falconet at the under 20 world last year in France, I never thought that I will be playing for Super Falcons as early as this in my career. Making my debut against South Korea and keeping a clean sheet is a memory that I will continue to cherish for the rest of my life.”
Super Falcons lost to host, France in their world cup last group game in which the referee ordered Renard to retake her penalty against Nnadozie after initially missing it. Chiamaka shared her view on what happened during the match.
“After the referee said that the penalty should be retaken, I was asking her, what happened, in order to explain my case to her because I don’t think I committed any infringement leading to the first penalty.”
Super Falcons missed out of qualification for Tokyo 2020 Olympics after losing on away goal to Ivory Coast. Chiamaka Nnadozie was within the sticks for Nigeria during the qualifiers.
“That is football for you. It is either you win, lose or draw. So it’s a normal thing. We the players wanted to qualify but sometimes football is a biscuit, no one knows where it can crack. Cameroon did the same thing that Ivory Coast did to us to them by knocking them out of the Qualifiers.”
Nnadozie is nominated for the award alongside Asisiat Oshoala, Uchenna Kanu, Ajara Nchout (Cameroon), Ange N’guessan (Ivory Coast), Elizabeth Addo (Ghana), Gabrielle Ouguene (Cameroon), Rafiloe Jane (South Africa), Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi) and Christen Thembi Khatlana (South Africa).
She helped Rivers Angels win last season NWPL Super 4 tournament with fantastic saves among which include saving two (2) penalties for her side to help them to a 4-2 win over Bayelsa Queens on penalties in the semi final. Nnadozie saved penalties from Anjor Mary and Joy Jerry during penalty shoot out after full time ended in goalless draw.
The 18 year old goal keeper had terrific year with Super Falcons and Rivers Angels. From 2018, she won the Africa Women Cup Of Nations followed by 2019 West Africa Football Union Cup. She helped Super Falcons to Round of 16 at 2019 FIFA Women World Cup,2019 Aiteo Cup Silver medalist and 2019 Nigeria Women Premier League Winner with Rivers Angels.
Chiamaka Nnadozie is one of the few players that has represented Nigeria at the U17, U20 and Senior Women’s World Cup. She made her World Cup debut at 2019 World Cup in France keeping a clean sheet in her first match against South Korea as Nigeria were 2-0 victors over the Asian side.
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