Former Nigeria international attacker Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine was confirmed to have passed away aged 36, after a brief illness by the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) on Thursday.
Ifeanyichukwu captained the first set of the U19 National Women’s team to the first U19 (Now U20) at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2002
Chiejine had featured for several clubs across Europe and USA, before her final professional stint with Zvezda Perm in Russia.
We are sad to announce the sudden demise of former @NGSuper_Falcons player Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine who passed on after a brief illness on Wednesday, 21st August 2019. Ifeanyi captained the first set of the U19 National Women’s team to the first U19 (Now U20) @FIFAWWC in 2002 pic.twitter.com/5SrlZwRROX
— The NFF ?? (@thenff) August 22, 2019
The ex-Kairat Almaty star captained Nigeria to the inaugural FIFA U19 Women’s World Championship in Canada in 2002, and also won the African Women’s Championship that year.
Chiejine featured three times at the senior Women’s World Cup in 1999, 2003 and 2007 and was also part of the country’s campaigns at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics.
The striker made her international debut for the African champions in 1999, and scored 15 goals in 61 international appearances.