23-year-old Leicester City Women’s defender, Ashleigh Plumptre, has expressed her desire of playing for the Nigerian Senior Female Team, the Super Falcon, and get the opportunity to meet with Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, of the Nigerian Senior Men’s Team, the Super Eagles, whom she described as her role models.
“Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho have been good role models for me,” she told the BBC. It’s funny we haven’t met but that’s all because of Covid but at some point hopefully, we’ll be able to meet each other.”
The 23-year-old is currently having her second spell with the Foxes and in the 2020-21 season, she helped the club to win the FA Women’s Championship title, earning a two-year contract for her fine showings in the campaign.
Since her return to the Foxes in 2019, she has been unable to link up with Super Eagles stars Iheanacho and Ndidi. “With Leicester, Plumptre has featured for various England youth teams but she is still eligible to represent since her father is a Nigerian. She hopes to get a chance to play for the Super Falcons in the future.
“The idea of me being able to play for Nigeria, I would happily grab that with both hands,”.
“Representing something that really means to somebody is very important. Obviously, there’s a lot of things I can openly say that I don’t know about Nigerian culture but I want to learn because I know that it’s in me, and it’s in my sister and in my dad.
“We can only get it from my granddad, he’s the only thing that we know in terms of Nigeria. I’ve obviously visited Nigerian relatives in America and in England. “Seeing this little journey my sister and I have been on, and the understanding of our family heritage, not just that but watching Nigerian documentaries and learning about the past is incredible.”
Plumptre also hailed the quality in the Super Falcons squad and praised Asisat Oshoala for her exploits abroad. “When you look around there are several Nigerian players playing at the top level of the women’s game,” she pointed out.
Story: Abdul Dauda
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