The NFF president Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick some months back while on a visit to the headquarters of the Nigeria Women League (NWFL), had promised and assured that the federation will support the Super Falcons to make them a better team that could compete favourably in any tournament. ‘We have gotten a new coach for the Super Falcons and there are new foreign based Nigerian players who have declared their interest to play for the country’. True to the words of the president, a new Coach American Randy Waldrum was contracted and two players of Nigerian descent have been cleared to represent Super Falcons (Nigeria).
I present to you Patricia George and Toni Dupe Payne. These two quality admissions into the team will surely add value when the opportunity comes to showcase their talent in Turkey.
PATRICIA GEORGE, S.C SAND
Patricia George was born on the 18th day of December 1996 in Chicago, Illinois. She played for Chicago Reds Stars reserve team and the Fighting Illinois, where she made over 70 appearances, scoring over 20 goals and was a key figure in the team.
The former BV Cloppenburg star is a versatile player who can play from any part of defence and also as a right or left winger. She is known to be a tireless left full back who can run from box to box and recover in time.
She also has a dazzling left foot, which she uses to mesmerize defenders, whenever she plays upfront.
TONI OYEDUPE PAYNE, SEVILLA
Toni Payne was born on the 22nd of June 1995 to Nigerian Parents and was raised in the United States, Alabama.
From 2016 to 2018, Payne played with AFC Ajax. In June 2018, she joined Sevilla on a one-year contract, which was extended for two further years in 2019. She can play as a midfielder or a forward.
Young Toni Payne played for the United States under-17 team, and was in the team which won the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship. In 2019 she declared her intention to continue her international career with Nigeria and finally got a chance with new Manager Randy Waldrum in the Super Falcons squad to the Turkish Women Cup.