RIP Ifeanyi Chiejine, youngest World Cup player

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  1. sbahnhof

    sbahnhof Member+

    Nov 21, 2016
    Aotearoa
    [​IMG] The longtime Nigeria Super Falcons international has passed away, aged only 36.

    Chiejine was in the Nigeria team that dominated the African Women's Championship in the 2000s. She appeared at two Olympics and three World Cups, and gave a standout performance as Nigeria won gold at the 2007 All-Africa Games.

    At the 1999 Women's World Cup, she became the youngest player ever in a senior finals match (16 years, 34 days), in Nigeria's 2-1 win over North Korea.

    - https://guardian.ng/sport/nff-mabo-mourn-ex-super-falcons-star-ifeanyi-chiejine/ (Archived)

    - https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/49435025 (Archived)


    Her international teammate Rachael Ayegba said, "Chiejine was a shining star as a player, yet she died just like that. We need to do more for our current and former players."

    Only a few mentions on BigSoccer - this is from 2002 when she played in Florida:

     
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  2. jnielsen

    jnielsen Member

    May 12, 2012
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    How sad. 36 is way too young.
     
  3. sbahnhof

    sbahnhof Member+

    Nov 21, 2016
    Aotearoa
    Putting a great player into her proper place in football history, Colin Udoh wrote about Chiejine last week. He also asks, where was the Nigerian Football Federation?


    Chiejine's death highlights lack of Nigerian attention toward female footballers
    - https://africa.espn.com/football/ni...-nigerian-attention-toward-female-footballers (Archived)
     
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  4. Lechus7

    Lechus7 Member+

    Aug 31, 2011
    Wroclaw
    Another tradgedy strikes Super Falcons...:cry:

     

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