Nigeria’s National Women’s National Team (Super Falcons) goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie has been named Africa’s top goaltender and fourteenth-best goalie in the world by the International Federation for Football History and Statistics.
The 18-year-old, who received much attention at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France earlier this year, made three appearances with the Super Falcons during the competition. It was after Nigeria’s 2-0 win over South Korea that she became the youngest goaltender to keep her goals blank in a Women’s World Cup.
According to the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, Andiam Dlamini of Chiamaka and South Africa are the only African women on the short list.
Sari Van Veenendaal, of the Netherlands, who won the best goalkeeper award at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, is the best goalkeeper of the year, followed by France’s Sarah Bouhaddi, who won the prize three consecutive times (2016, 2017, 2018).
American goaltender Alyssa Naeher will be next on the list, while Sweden’s Hedvig Lindahl, Sandra Panos of Spain, Almuth Schult of Germany, Laura Giuliani of Italy and Karen Bardsley of England complete the top five goalies of the world.