Rivers Angels goaltender Chiamaka Nnadozie is a huge doubt for the African Women Nations Cup in Ghana after being unable to train all week following a knock she picked up after the Aiteo Cup finals.
Nnadozie who kept goal for her club Rivers Angels when they triumphed over Ibom Angels in the final of the 2018 Aiteo Cup in Yenagoa confirmed to busybuddiesng.com that she has been unable to train with the team as a result of the knock but nevertheless expressed confidence that she’ll be able to make the list to the 2018 AWCON.
“My confidence is high, I believe I can make it but for now I don’t know how the condition will be because I’m injured,” the goalkeeper told busybuddiesng.com.
It has been a stellar year for the young goalkeeper who was a revelation at the U-20 FIFA World Cup in France where she announced herself to a host of Nigerians. That performance on the world stage catapulted her from being third choice at her club to keeping goal in the final of the 2018 Aiteo Cup relegating Tochukwu Oluehi – incidentally one of three other goalkeepers vying for a spot in the final list for the AWCON – to the bench.
Nnadozie says the experience of playing in the U-20 World Cup and the attendant change in fortunes it has precipitated in her career has filled her with inner belief.
“It has been a nice experience,” Nnadozie told busybuddiesng.com. “When I went to the World Cup, the matches I kept boosted me a lot. I think there’s no challenge I can’t face now in life in terms of football.”
Nnadozie faces arguably her biggest challenge in football to date – making the squad to the 11th AWCON in Ghana, with her talent and iron-clad self-belief it shouldn’t prove to be overly daunting but first she must overcome the challenge of injury and prove her fitness to the coaching staff if she is to cap what has been a pretty remarkable year for her.