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AFRICAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR

Nnadozie’s heroic hands land CAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year award

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Nigerian shot-stopper Chiamaka Nnadozie made several jaw-dropping saves on her way to being crowned the first-ever CAF Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year award on Monday night.

The Paris FC captain beat fellow nominees Khadija Er-Rmichi of Morocco and South Africa’s Andile Dlamini to the groundbreaking prize at a dazzling CAF Awards ceremony in Marrakech.

Nnadozie underlined her credentials during this year’s Women’s World Cup, producing a player-of-the-match performance to thwart Canada in Nigeria’s opener.

Her heroic hands pulled off a crucial penalty save and several other gravity-defying stops throughout the tournament.

The 25-year-old has also been integral in Paris FC’s success this season, keeping six clean sheets as they sealed a maiden Women’s Champions League qualification.

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As the winner of this history-making new category, the Super Falcons star has certainly set the bar high with her shot-stopping heroics.

With Nnadozie guarding the goal, opponents will face an even tougher task of finding the back of the net against tenacious Nigeria.

After her amazing year between the sticks, Nnadozie now has some coveted individual silverware to show for her efforts.

-CAF

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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