By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Falcons and Rivers Angels captain, Tochukwu Oluehi has opened up on her knack for saving penalties. It can be recalled that she saved numerous penalties for Nigeria in the semi-final and final of the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations, AWCON triumph.
She revealed this in an exclusive chat with kick442.com.
“Saving penalties for me is a gift from God because I have not been trained to save penalties. When it comes to penalty shoot outs, be rest assured that Tochukwu is there. If I don’t save one, I will save two. It started in my Secondary School days. They know me as a penalty stopper. It’s a thing of today. It’s been in me. It’s in me.” She said.
Oluehi was part of Rivers Angels’ side that emerged as 2018-2019 Nigeria Women Premier League, NWPL Champions after 1-0 win over Confluence Queens at the final of the Super 4. After her side’s 2-0 defeat to Bayelsa Queens in the Champions Shield, Rivers Angels went on to revenge the loss with a victory in the semi-final of Super 4. Oluehi asserted that winning the league and defeating Bayelsa Queens was payback time for her and her club.
“Winning the league last season with Rivers Angels was a thing of joy for us and for me as well. It was like payback time for Bayelsa Queens. When they won my team in Charity Shield, we were not happy because some of us were not around then. We were in camp with Super Falcons and were not released for the Charity Shield. Our Team Manager did everything to see if we could come to help and push the team but we were not released. It was not a good one but it was an eye-opener for us. We said once beaten twice shy. We decided that Bayelsa Queens will not defeat us in the league. We have to do everything possible to win the league. That was how we worked hard and did everything possible to see us emerged as Champions.”
“I am not sure yet. I am not sure if I will be with the team next season or not. Let’s keep our fingers crossed till then.”
She concluded by praising the Aisha Falode led Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL Board for their organization of the league as she hopes for title sponsorship for the women’s league.
“For me, the league board has really done so well, most especially last season Super 4. Wow! It was great and superb with lots of advertisements and organizations coming out from the league board. With this alone, I see female football growing and waxing stronger like male league. I can see that the league is trying everything possible and crossing their t’s to see how the Nigerian Women League can be strong and better again. I can see that Mrs. Aisha Falode is really doing well. She is doing her best to see that we have a lot of sponsors in the league that can help to push the female league to a higher standard. I see Nigerian Women League coming up and waxing stronger with this organization and advertisement. I know that the Lord will help the board. I know that the league board will really get the help they need and sponsors will come and support. It’s just for us to continue the advertisement and talking about the league.”
“In the next two to three years, maybe I will be in my husband’s house by then. Then my joy is to end my career outside the country. Hopefully maybe this year, I pray I get a club outside Nigeria.” She concluded.
Tochukwu Oluehi has had a great career, feeling into the big void created by Jonathan Alaba and current Indian Under 17 goalkeeper trainer, Precious Dede. After featuring for Bobruichanka Bobruisk in Belarus and Medkila IL in Norway, Oluehi is optimistic about having a stint abroad before retirement day comes.
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