World soccer governing body, FIFA have recognised another Nigerian female football star, with Super Falcons’ legend, Ifeanyi Chiejine now the latest lass to talk about in features ahead of this year’s Women’s World Cup in France, where she will retain her mark as the youngest player to ever feature in the competition.
As FIFA continue rolling out articles on various talking points heading into the June 7 kick-off in Paris, Chiejine, who grew up in Orile-Iganmu area of Lagos, will remain prominent as the youngest player in history to ever feature at the Female Mundial.
FIFA recounted in a write-up on their official website that Ifeanyichukwu Stephanie Chiejine (born in May 17, 1983), who shot to limelight mainly through school football and then played for Trokas Queens of Lagos, was in action for Nigeria at USA ’99 aged 16 years and 34 days.
She went on to take part in the part in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 editions of the Women’s World Cup as well as the 2000 and 2008 Olympic Games, in a glorious career that saw her score 15 goals in 61 games for Nigeria.
Chiejine, no relation of ex-international goalkeeper, Ann Agumanu-Chiejine, was 36 on May 17, but she curently still plays for for SSVSM-Kairat Almaty of Kazakhstan.
She has also played for FC Indiana in USA’s W-League, KMF Kuopio and PK-35 Vantaa of Finland as well as Zvezda Perm in Russia.
Chiejine’s record in the Female Mundial betters that of Mexico’s Monica Vergara (16 and 53 days in 1999), New Zealand’s Annalie Longo (16 and 76 days in 2007) and Russia’s Elena Danilova (16 and 107 days in 2003).
She will also remain ahead of the youngest player heading to France 2019, Mary Fowler of Australia, who will be 16 years and 115 days, to make her fifth overall when her team kick off their run against Italy.
The Matildas’ prodigy will be come the fifth-youngest player in Women’s World Cup history if she appears at any point during the tournament.