Nnadozie: ”We are going to make our country proud.”


Nnadozie achieved her pre-tournament goal in a performance against Korea Republic that demonstrated poise and maturity beyond her years. She became, at 18 years and 186 days, the youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the Women’s World Cup.

“After the match, when I saw the post, I was so happy,” said Nnadozie. “A young girl like me getting a good record, I was so proud of myself.

“I am so proud of the defence. They did great. I know I can’t do it without them – they made it possible for me.”

Nnadozie’s chemistry with the defensive unit illustrated how quickly she has made herself a part of the Nigerian squad. The remarkable calm the teenager displays on the pitch contrasts her infectious personality off it.

“I love playing, joking around with people,” she said. “Whenever I notice you are angry or sad, I will come and do some funny things. I love seeing people around me happy.

”Sometimes when I am not around, they will call me saying, ‘We miss you’. Whenever I come in, when everyone is moody, I will just do one funny thing and they will laugh.”

Nigeria face on-song hosts France on Monday. Nnadozie was in goal as the Super Falcons lost 8-0 to Les Bleues in a friendly last year, but she is adamant history won’t repeat itself.

“I know they will feel relaxed, think that they will maybe score more than eight goals.

“It’s going to be a tough game. They are one of the best teams in the competition, but we are letting them know that it’s not going to be like that again.

“That was last year. I know we are not going to lose. We are going to make our country proud.”