Chiamaka Nnadozie’s ranking as the world’s seventh best female goalkeeper, according to former Super Falcons coach Godwin Izilien, is a strong sign that Nigeria has a plethora of outstanding female footballers waiting to be identified at the grassroots level.
Izilien, who praised the Paris of France FC goalkeeper for putting Nigeria on the map in women’s football, implored stakeholders in the game to pay more attention to talent discovery, emphasizing that discovering and nurturing female players while they are still young will improve the country’s standard in the sport.
“I am delighted on the news that Nnadozie has been rated the seventh best goalkeeper in the world. This is a remarkable achievement for the young lady, who started her football career in Nigeria.
“She played for the cadet teams and Nigerian clubs before moving abroad. I have said it before that Nigeria has talents in women football… all they need is to be discovered and exposed.
“Nnadozie’s achievement is
a clear testimony that a player can be discovered in Nigeria and be among the best in the world when given the right exposure. Football stakeholders should leverage her achievements to look more to grassroots football development.
“Getting young talents from the grassroots remains the direction to develop women’s football in Nigeria,” he said.
The International Federation of Football History and Statistics named Nnadozie among the finest goalkeepers in the world (IFFHS).
The rankings for women goalkeepers were compiled for the year 2021, taking into account their club and country performances.
The former Rivers Angels goalkeeper made her Nigeria debut at the Jordan U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2019, becoming the youngest goalie to keep a clean sheet in a Women’s World Cup.
Nnadozie also assisted Nigeria in winning gold in the African Games in Morocco, saving three penalties in a penalty shootout against Cameroon.
The 21 year old joined Paris FC from NWFL giants in 2020