Nigeria’s Chiamaka Nnnadozie celebrates goalkeeper of the season award in France

Nigeria’s Chiamaka Nnnadozie celebrates goalkeeper of the season award in France

Nigeria and Paris FC goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie has credited her teammates following her achievement of being crowned goalkeeper of the season in the French Division 1 Feminine.

The Union for Professional Football Players (UNFP) in France crowned Nnadozie after she helped Paris finish third in the regular season before securing bronze in the play-offs. 

Speaking to SABC Sport, Nnadozie says it was a tough season but through hard work she managed to scoop this award.

"It was a good feeling winning the Goalkeeper of the Season award in France – it really wasn't easy, it took a lot of hard work and consistency," said Nnadozie.

"I'm happy that, at the end of the day, I was able to win the best goalkeeper award, but I couldn't do it without the help of my teammates at Paris FC - kudos to them, it was a collective effort."

At only 19, Nnadozie was a key figure in Nigeria’s squad at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where she kept a clean sheet in Nigeria’s victory over South Korea. 

And in the Super Falcons' opening match of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Olympic champions Canada, the 23-year-old donned the captain’s armband and was named player of the match – an achievement she describes as life-changing.

"I was so happy when I was named the player of the match during the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup against Canada, who are a very tough side – they are the the Olympic cup holders," she reflected.

"And it wasn't easy playing against them, it took a lot of mental and physical toughness to be able to hold them down, and to win the player of the match wasn't really an easy job."

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