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Chiamaka Nnadozie, the talented Nigerian international goalkeeper, wins the best goalkeeper award in France. Not only has she clinched the award, but she also achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first African and Nigerian player to be honoured as the best goalkeeper in France’s D1 Arkema, the premier league in women’s football.
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At just 23 years old, Nnadozie’s stellar performances throughout the season have not only made her a fan favourite but also established her as one of the leading goalkeepers in the world. Nnadozie’s exceptional skills and her crucial penalty-saving prowess played a significant role in her earning this prestigious accolade. Throughout the season, her reliability and consistency between the posts have been instrumental in Paris FC’s success, helping the team secure vital wins and maintain a strong defensive record. Her achievement is particularly remarkable given the fierce competition she faced. Nnadozie outshined other top goalkeepers, including Christiane Endler from Olympic Lyon and Katarzyna Kiedrzynek from Paris SG, to claim the coveted title.
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Pierre Ferracci, president of Paris FC, praised Nnadozie’s outstanding season and her ability to deliver under pressure. “It’s truly well-deserved. She had an outstanding Champions League campaign, not just with penalty saves but with her overall performance,” he said, highlighting the breadth of her contributions to the team. Nnadozie’s historic win is not only a personal triumph but also a significant moment for African and Nigerian football. It represents a broader recognition of the talent and dedication of African players in international women’s football. As Nnadozie continues to excel on the field, her success is sure to inspire a new generation of goalkeepers and reinforce the importance of diversity and inclusion in the sport.
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Her journey to the top has only just begun, and with her remarkable skills and unwavering determination, Chiamaka Nnadozie is poised to make even more waves in the world of football.
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This article was first published on 3rd May 2024


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