In a historic moment for Nigerian football, Super Eagles goalie Chiamaka Nnadozie has ascended to the pinnacle of goalkeeping excellence, clinching the coveted title of Africa’s Best at the CAF Awards. The 23-year-old Paris FC superstar outshone her peers, prevailing over Moroccan goalkeeper Khadija El-Rmichi and South Africa’s Andile Olaminii in a dazzling ceremony on Monday, December 11.
Chiamaka Nnadozie’s stellar performance in the Women’s World Cup match against Canada served as the defining moment that propelled her to this prestigious recognition. Making three remarkable saves, including a crucial penalty stop against Christine Sinclair, Nnadozie not only secured a goalless draw but also claimed the Player of the Match award, capturing the attention of football enthusiasts worldwide.
During her acceptance speech, the Nigerian shot-stopper expressed her gratitude to the organizers for shining a spotlight on female goalkeepers. With humility and appreciation, she extended thanks to the Nigerian football president for his unwavering support in fostering the growth of women’s football in the country.
Nnadozie, who proudly acknowledged her roots as a product of Nigerian female football, also credited her club, Paris FC, for their encouragement and support throughout her journey. Her closing remarks echoed gratitude towards the fans who cast their votes and nominated her for this prestigious accolade.