Super Falcons’ midfielder Deborah Abiodun has recounted her excitement and gratitude at being included in the squad for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, and her pride at making her debut on the biggest stage of women’s football.
In an interview with Punch Newspaper, Abiodun revealed that she was in the United States, attending school and adjusting to her new surroundings, when she received the news.
Pittsburg Surprise: Learning of Her Selection
Deborah’s journey took an unexpected turn while she was pursuing her studies in the United States.
The news of her inclusion in the 2023 Women’s World Cup squad came as a delightful surprise.
The midfielder, overwhelmed with gratitude, recalled waking up to a flood of messages and missed calls, as friends eagerly shared the thrilling news.
Her childhood dream had become a reality, and she extended her heartfelt appreciation to those who believed in her journey.
“I was sleeping but I had a couple of messages on my phone. I had so many missed calls and friends kept calling to tell me that I made the list. I was so excited,” she said.
A Dream Realized: Debut on the World Stage
Abiodun went on to make her World Cup debut in Nigeria’s opening match against Canada.
Despite being sent off for a rough challenge, she put in a promising performance and showed why she is one of the most exciting young players in Nigerian football.
Deborah’s debut on the grandest stage of women’s football left her almost speechless, as words failed to capture the enormity of her emotions.
Playing at the Women’s World Cup, the pinnacle of the sport, was a dream come true for her.
She emphasized that the intensity and significance of the moment were beyond words.
“It’s a feeling words can’t actually justify, I mean words are not enough to describe how I feel playing on the biggest stage of women’s football,” she told Punch
With determination and a profound love for the game, Deborah approached the field with the intention to express herself fully.
Her debut was not just a moment; it was the realization of a lifelong aspiration.
“It’s a dream that I’ve always wanted to accomplish in life. So, that’s it, that’s how it was like for me making my debut on the biggest stage of women’s football,” she said.