Nigeria Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie is one of the outstanding players the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) has produced in recent times. www.aclsports.com‘s Sola Oyeniyi sat down with the Rivers Angels star in Lagos.
The last 12 months of Nnadozie’s career have been magical to say the least. She won her maiden Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) trophy in Ghana 2018, went on to win the WAFU Cup in goal for the Super Falcons, then got the nod as one of the three goalkeepers to represent the Super Falcons of Nigeria at the FIFA Women’s World Cup (FIFAWWC) in France. And it was a debut performance to remember as Nnadozie became the youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the World Cup following Nigeria’s 2-0 victory over Korea.
After the World Cup, Nnadozie again helped the Falconets to Gold medal at the African Games in Morocco saving three penalties in the shootout against Cameroon.
It has indeed been a stellar year for the Rivers Angles and Super Falcons goalkeeper who was also instrumental in her side’s NWPL league win after the Super 4 in Lagos. So, ACLSports had an exclusive chat with Chiamaka Nnadozie where she began with recounting how her football career kicked off, reflecting on a stellar year bar the Olympics ouster, spoke on her FIFAWWC debut and Wendie Renard’s penalty situation in the game against France.
In the second part of our interview, she spoke about her penalty heroics. Whether it is in a shootout or during a game there is always a chance that Nnadozie will come up with save. So she took us through it and also spoke about her relationship with her predecessor in the Super Falcons and Rivers Angels, Tochukwu Oluehi.
Finally, Nnadozie spoke about her admiration for Olympique Lyonnais, a club she would love to play for in future. She also highlighted some of the challenges of the NWPL and what she does to relax before giving her parting shot and thanking her fans.