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FOUR-TIME FEMALE AFRICAN FOOTBALLER WINNER COMING

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MBABANE – Nigerian female professional footballer Perpetua Nkwocha will soon be coming to Eswatini to help develop the sport for both men and women.
Nkwocha is an African multi-champion who has won the female African Footballer of the year award four times. She is currently based in Sweden, where she coaches a Swedish Women’s Football Division 2 side, Clemensnas.


She was also the captain of the Nigerian women’s national team. Nkwocha will visit the Kingdom of Eswatini following an invitation by Professional Soccer Management Director Emmanuel Emenogue, who was coordinating the maiden Eswatini Open Trials that started in February. It was through this programme that Eswatini Soccer Academy was formed, as 45 ambitious players were selected among over 400 trialists.


According to Emenogue, Nkwocha will be partnering with Professional Soccer Management in the plight to help develop African football to match that of European countries. With her expertise and decades of football experience as she holds 99 international caps and 80 goals, Emenogue said Nkwocha was the idea role model and inspiration for African players who dream of prospering in their football career.


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“Perpetua Nkwocha is the female version of African stars like Samuel Eto or Didier Drogba. She will be coming to Eswatini to assist in the development of football including women’s football, which is staggering not only in the country but in Africa as a whole,” said Emenogue.


He said that her arrival would be a positive step for the 45 players who were eager to travel to Europe with the hope to be signed abroad.
“I talked to her today and she is hoping to use her December holidays to come to Eswatini, but it will all depend on the travelling restrictions in light of COVID-19,” said Emenogue.


 During her time as the Super Falcon’s captain in her home country, Nkwocha was always steering her team to victory and spectacular football display across four FIFA Women’s World Cup campaigns and three Olympic Football Tournaments. 
Eswatini Women Football Association (EWFA) Chairman Sonnyboy Mabuza applauded Emenogue for his efforts and contribution to the development of football in the country.

He said that he believed that Nkwocha will share her experience with the ladies and guide them on how they should conduct themselves.
“I believe that she will bring value to Eswatini Women Football, which is still at a developing stage. From her, they will learn how they should behave themselves at a professional level and they will be inspired to work hard so that they can achieve great things in the football world,” said Mabuza.

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