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Flying Officers Cup 21: Wrestler turned Goalkeeper Linda Jiwaku, the steady rise of Confluence Queens Goalkeeper

Some women footballers don’t start their career with the round leather game.
While some starts as an athlete, others kicked off their career journey as a pugilist.

On many occasions, those that start their careers as footballers more often than not change positions.

For Confluence Queens goalkeeper, Linda Jiwaku, wrestling was her first love before switching to the game of football.

While speaking with, she opened up on how she started her career.

“I started as a wrestler before joining Abia Angels when the club was still Standard Babes and I was introduced into football around 2014-2015. I was with the team from 2014 to 2015 before joining Osun Babes in 2017. I spent two seasons with Osun Babes before moving to Rivers Angels. In 2020, I returned to Abia Angels and now with Confluence Queens.”

“I played for Abia Angels last season and am currently with Confluence Queens. I kept in six matches against Pelican Stars at home, DreamStar FC Ladies at home, Royal Queens FC away, Osun Babes away, Confluence Queens away, and Rivers Angels away. We lost the game against Rivers Angels 2-0 which includes an own goal.”

Linda Jiwaku who is yet to concede a goal at the 2022 Flying Officers Cup after three games want to help her club win the pre-season tournament and also qualify for the NWFL Super Six come next season.

She said: “I am okay with football than wrestling. In football, I want to improve my career and become the world’s best. My mother is in support of my career but my brother and other siblings are not in support of my decision to play football.”

“For Confluence Queens, I want to help the team qualify for Super Six next season starting with winning this year’s Flying Officers Cup by going back home with the cup.”

Confluence Queens will face Nasarawa Amazons in the quarter-final of the 2021 Flying Officers Cup as Linda Jiwaku attempt to keep more clean sheets.


Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu

Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu popularly known as tobex is the Vice chairman of Sports writers Association of Nigeria , lagos Chapter. She Is also the Media Spokesperson of the Super Falcons of Nigeria. She is an award winning women's football writer. Tobex is also an ex footballer that was privileged to play in the first NFF organised women's league in 1990 as a player of Hamza Queens. Her last club as an active footballer was Ibom Angels as She paved way to further her education years ago. She is a Federal Government scholar , with a degree in Mass communication, a second degree in Public Relations and Advertising (Communication Studies). She is a Wife and Mother.

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