Super Falcons Invitation Excites U.S. Born Striker
While some have turned down opportunities to play international football for Nigeria, others are grabbing the chance with both hands.
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, Sophia Omotola Omidiji was handed a late call-up to the senior women’s national team of Nigeria for the international friendly against France on Friday.
That invitation has sparked excitement in the heart of the 20-year-old, who took to social media.
“Honored and Proud to have gotten a callup with the Nigerian women’s National team @thenffofficial for the friendly against France this coming Friday. Will give everything I’ve got and then some for the country. Can’t gram or tweet how this feels- it’s indescribable. Honored and delighted to go do battle with my sisters- all deserving and amazing players that I’ve watched over the years that have all made our country proud. Dreams definitely do come true. Just a small girl from vegas with passion for football and green white green runnin through her veins. Every and anybody that’s ever believed in me, said something positive about me, encouraged and motivated me and contributed to this- I thank you. Truly no words to describe the feeling but to thank everyone.”
Omidiji, who plays for Dutch topflight side S.B.V Excelsior, is not new to the Nigeria national team.
She was last invited to the camp of Nigeria’s U-20 side Falconets in September 2015 ahead of a 2016 World Cup qualifier against the Democratic Republic of Congo.
She trained with the team in Abuja before heading to Kinshasa for the game against Congo which Nigeria won 2–1.
The forward will join other 17 players invited at the Mercure Le Mans Centre as the team camp opens on Tuesday for the friendly against France.