Meet Ann Chiejine, the first head-tie kitted Super Falcons goalkeeper

Meet Ann Chiejine, the first head-tie kitted Super Falcons goalkeeper

Meet Ann Chiejine, the first head-tie kitted Super Falcons of Nigeria goalkeeper and one of the most recognised female footballers of all time in the country.Meet Ann Chiejine, the first head-tie kitted Super Falcons goalkeeper

During the first FIFA World Cup in 1991, Ann, who was 17 years old then, was undeniably the No. 1 player in the Super Falcons squad.

Ann Chiejine was the nation’s first goalie for women’s games and was magical in front of goal every time she represents the country.

Ann stunned the world by representing Nigeria at the 2000 Summer Olympics while four months pregnant, and she did the same at the 2000 WAFCON while five months pregnant.

The former Super Falcons goalie, however, asserted that she was unaware of the pregnancy but decided to continue the competitions after learning about it.

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Ann revealed this while speaking to Brila FM.

I didn’t know that I was pregnant, it was not good, it was FIFA that brought me out and I later discovered that I was four months pregnant, But I choose to continue the tournament, It was a big risk, a very big one but I took the risk for Nigeria.” – she said.

The great goalie played in the competition until Sydney, Australia’s 2000 Olympics that saw the Super Falcons eliminated.

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The next month, in South Africa, she continued on to the 2000 African Women’s Championship.

Nigeria won the competition by defeating the host in the championship game, with Ann Chiejine in goal.

Ann Chiejine participated in three World Cups for Nigeria in 1991, 1995, 1999, and the Summer Olympics in 2000.

Chiejine was a member of the squad that advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1999 Women’s World Cup in the USA, and she also won four (4) Africa Women’s Cup of Nations championships (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004).

She played for the Flying Babes, Kakanto Queens, Jegede Babes, Rivers Angels, Flying Angels, Larry Angels, and Pelican Stars in Nigeria during her playing career.

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She nearly joined the Arsenal women’s team, but the British embassy refused her a visa in 1999.

In 2005, Ann Chiejine gave up playing for the international team.

At the young age of 18, she wedded Mr. Uche Chiejine, and the couple went on to have four children together—two boys and two girls—in 1992.

Ann will turn 49 on February 2nd.

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