Real reason I chose to play for Nigeria – Leicester City’s Ashleigh Plumptre

Super Falcons defender, Ashleigh Plumptre has revealed her reason for choosing to represent the Nigeria women’s national football team.

Plumptre, who currently plays her club football for Leicester City, said her heritage and her family were important in her decision to switch allegiances.

The 23-year-old had a dream debut for the Super Falcons when she featured against Cote D’Ivoire in Abuja last month.

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Plumptre grew up as a British and was cleared by FIFA to represent Nigeria in January.

Speaking on her reason for choosing to play for Nigeria, Plumptre told Channels TV: “My purpose in football has changed as I have grown and my journey has become a little bit different and the reason I play football has changed as well.

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“As much as I love playing football, I like to play for a purpose and a reason. I know the impact I can have by delving into my heritage more and representing the people I am always familiar with.

“As much as it is about football, it’s also about what I’m passionate about and what I can bring as a person.”

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She added, “I am a quite smiling person, but when it comes to being on the pitch, I bring out my physical side. I guess that’s my Nigerian side.”


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