Nigeria’s star goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie dreams of Olympic glory in Paris

Nigeria's Chiamaka Nnadozie, voted Africa’s best goalkeeper in 2023, has also been a key player for Paris Football Club (Paris FC) since 2020, helping the team to a clear victory (3-0) over Montpellier last weekend. Her Super Falcons, Nigeria’s national women’s football team, face South Africa on April 4 and 9 as they vie for a spot in Paris. In the run-up to her adopted city’s Olympic Games, "Maka" is staying strong in her belief that nothing happens by chance.

On July 25, the eve of the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, Chiamaka Nnadozie hopes to take to the field with her team against Brazil to kick off her first Olympics. Before that, the 23-year-old goalkeeper must help the Super Falcons overcome the last African obstacle in their path: South Africa, whom Nigeria must beat in a double-header on April 4 and 9.

"South Africa have a very, very good team. I think one of their strengths is keeping the ball. They don't believe in physical football at all. They’re good tactically, technically. I think we will try to work on that to see how we can stop them,” she says with a confident smile.

"It’s meant to be," she adds. France has had a special importance for the Nigerian goalkeeper throughout her career.

‘The connection is just there’

"Sometimes, what's meant to be is meant to be."

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