Nigeria’s women’s football star, Fransisca Ordega, gets a rare rave as she adorns the lead page of FIFA website on Monday morning. Ordega, who is in her third season in the USA National Women’s Soccer League, was the focus as she spoke on the expected rapid growth of women’s football in Africa.
She was one of the Super Falcons players that won the Africa Women Championship for a record 10th time last December in Cameroon.
“This crowd was something else,” an animated Ordega told FIFA.com. “Even for men, you don’t often see that kind of support. The place was crazy that day; people couldn’t even get into the stadium. This was really something else, truly amazing.
“I was very happy that we won in front of all the Lionesses fans. It is a different feeling altogether. Playing against Cameroon was really tough. They are a great team, and everyone in Cameroon was supporting them. But we had a lot of professionals in our team, and we were able to count on that experience. Also having a female coach (Florence Omagbemi) and female technical crew … the feeling was somehow different.”
Not that Ordega is inexperienced in the ways of world football. At just 23, Ordega has already featured in four FIFA competitions, and played in five countries – Russia, Sweden, USA, Australia and Nigeria.
Also, she has just started a third season at Washington Spirit, a largely unheralded side who took the NWSL by storm last term before fading to finish second.