Today March 8 is International Women's Day, an event held around the world to commemorate the struggle for women's rights.
According to the United Nations, it is “a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.”
And in honour of amazing women, NAIJ.com’s is doing a thread on some of the best Nigeria female footballers that have ever played the round leather game.
1. Perpetua Nkwocha
Five time African Female footballer of the year, Perpetua Nkwocha is one of the best female player to have ever played the game.
During her playing days, Nkwocha participated in seven Women Nations cup, winning five of them with the Super Falcons.
She scored 80 goals in 99 appearances for Nigeria.
2. Mercy Akide-Udoh
She is the first ever African Women Footballer of the Year, winning the award in 2001.
Akide-Udoh also featured in the 1999 and 2004 FIFA World All Stars
3. Florence Omagbemi
Florence Omagbemi, former captain of the Super Falcons in December 2016, became the first woman to win the African Women's cup of nations as Player and coach.
As captain, she won the AWCON title with the Super Falcons on four occasions in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004.
4. Asisat Oshoala
Oshoala broke into global limelight in 2014, when she emerged Most Valuable Player and top scorer at that year’s Women’s U-20 World Cup, as Nigeria finished runners-up to Germany.
She has won the African women’s player of the year award on two different occasions and recently led the Super Falcons to a record eighth African Women Championship in Nambia.
Oshoala has scored 11 goals in 17 appearances for the Super Falcons.