True stories: Nigeria at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup

A wacky tale of sex, cash, drugs, race, witchcraft, politicking, cronyism and rampant age-cheating…   The Nigerian women’s football team’s incredible journey to the inaugural 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup is an inspiring story marred by scandal and intrigue. Amidst farcical scenes and a rotating cast of surreal hangers-on, the team of plucky young womenContinue reading “True stories: Nigeria at the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup”

Ann Chiejine: Nigeria’s Princess of Goalkeepers

Ann Chiejine: Groundbreaking Falcons ‘keeper   We’ve all heard the lazy stereotypes about African goalkeepers (“na├»ve” “erratic”), and female goalkeepers (“rubbish”). Ann Agumanu-Chiejine is a living, breathing repudiation of both. One of Africa’s finest ever goalkeepers, the Nigerian’s athleticism and breathtaking acrobatic ability earned her five consecutive African Nations Cups with the Super Falcons, asContinue reading “Ann Chiejine: Nigeria’s Princess of Goalkeepers”