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The 20 best Nigerian female footballers of 2023

by Peter Friday
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The 2023 Women’s World Cup was an outing highlighting how far women’s football in Nigeria has come, with stars stepping up on the biggest stage and showing how much their plays on the pitch have evolved. We also got to see new stars take on a new challenge, indicating that the future of Nigerian women’s football is in safe hands, as the competition also saw a legend hang her boots.

This list is focused on female footballers from Nigeria who upped the ante and set a new precedent for what to expect from the team in 2024 and beyond.

Her active involvement played a pivotal role in Nigeria securing a spot at the 2023 World Cup, showcasing her commitment through active participation in friendlies with the Super Falcons. On the pitch, Okoronkwo is unmistakable, standing out with an imposing height and physicality rarely seen in today’s forwards.

Notably, the Nigerian international plies her trade in the Spanish Liga F, representing UD Granadilla Tenerife, adding an international flair to her impressive skill set. As the anticipation builds for the upcoming events, Okoronkwo’s distinctive attributes position her as a player to keep a keen eye on in the unfolding chapters of women’s football.


Uchenna Kanu reclaimed the spotlight with an unforgettable goal against Australia at the 2023 World Cup, introducing her exceptional goal-scoring prowess to those who may have underestimated her abilities. Kanu’s impressive goal ratio per game solidifies her status as a reliable choice in any attacking position. Known for taking calculated risks and displaying intelligence in reading potential passes during games, she consistently proves her worth on the field.

Having amassed over 60 career goals across both national and club levels, Kanu shows no signs of slowing down. The anticipation is palpable as expectations soar for her to emerge as one of the key figures in Nigerian women’s football at the 2024 Olympics. The stage is set for Kanu to continue leaving an indelible mark on the sport with her goal-scoring prowess and strategic brilliance.


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