Chinwendu Ihezuo

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Chinwendu Ihezuo
Personal information
Full name Chinwendu Veronica Ihezuo
Date of birth (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 21)
Place of birth Lagos, Nigeria
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
BIIK Kazygurt
Number 19
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–15 Delta Queens F.C.
2016– BIIK Kazygurt 20 (16)
National team
2012–2014 Nigeria U-17
2014–2016 Nigeria U-20
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 October 2015

Chinwendu "Chinwe" Ihezuo (born 30 April 1997) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for BIIK Kazygurt of Kazakhstan and the Nigeria women's national under-20 football team.[1] She previously played for Delta Queens in the Nigeria Women Premier League. In 2016, she competed in the 2016–17 UEFA Women's Champions League with BIIK Kazygurt.

Early life[edit]

Ihezuo was born on 30 April 1997 in Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria.[2][3][4] Her childhood was lived in a Lagos ghetto.[3] She is 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in) tall.[2] Her parents were very supportive of her when she started playing football. Her mother supported her interest in the sport by buying her football jerseys in the local market.[3] Throughout most of her youth, she competed and played with boys in the Ajegunle ghetto. Ajegunle has produced some of Nigeria's best men's football players. As a consequence, when training on her own, Ihezuo prefers to train with men.[3]

Club career[edit]

Ihezuo joined the professional club side BIIK Kazygurt of Kazakhstan for the 2016 on a one-year contract.[2][3][5][6] In her debut season with the club where she wore number 19, she scored 16 goals for BIIK Kazygurt in 20 appearances.[2][4] She competed with the team at the 2016-17 UEFA Women's Champions League, starting two games, and playing 180 minutes. Goalless in that period, she also picked up a yellow card in her team's 3–1 home victory against Verona.[2][4] She made her debut in Champions League in her team's 3–1 victory against Wexford Youths during tournament qualifying.[4]

From 2012 to 2014, she played for the Pelican Stars of Calabar.[7][8] After that, she moved to the Delta Queens, and was with them until the end of the 2015 season.[3]

International career[edit]

Senior national team[edit]

Following her performance at the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup, she was invited to attend a national team training camp for potential selection to the side that would compete at an African Women's Championship in Namibia.[9]

In March 2016, she was one of 40 players called up to prepare for the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations.[1][10] She was a member of the senior national side for the 2015 All African Games in Congo.[3]

U-20 national team[edit]

Ihezuo was first called up to the team in 2014.[2] She represented Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup where the team narrowly lost in the finals to Germany.[3][11][12] She was one of the leading goal scorers in the competition.[13] That year, she also played for the team in a friendly against Ghana. She scored the game's only goal that saw Nigeria win 1–0.[8]

In September 2016, she was invited to the 29 member strong national team training camp that was preparing for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[14][15][16] She joined the team late for the camp in October in Abuja,[2][6][17] after the national team coach threatened her and other overseas players with being dropped if they did not arrive by October 8.[18] She had to miss a training session as she needed time to recover from jet lag.[6] As a player, she acknowledged the pressure she felt at camp going into the tournament to perform well.[19]

She scored seven goals for Nigeria in the qualifying competition for the World Cup.[2] One of her goals came in the 16th minute in their return game against South Africa. The goal qualified Nigeria for the FIFA World Cup.[6][20][21] Another goal came in Nigeria's 2–1 victory against Congo DR.[13]

U-17 national team[edit]

Ihezuo made her international debut for Nigeria at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. She came away from the tournament with six goals.[2] Five of these goals came in one game against hosts Azerbaijan, which her team won 11–0. The win was Nigeria's biggest in any FIFA World Cup appearance.[22] Her five goals were also a record for most goals scored in a single game at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.[23][24][25] The record has previously been held by Germany’s Kyra Malinowski and South Korea's Yeo Minji, who scored four goals each in the 2010 edition of the tournament.[23] Her fete was matched by Lorena Navarro at the 2016 edition when the Spaniard scored 5 goals against Jordan.[24][25] Her six goals also earned her the Silver Boot for the tournament. The award was presented to her at the 2012 Annual General Assembly of the Nigerian Football Federation.[7][13] Her team was eliminated from the tournament after losing to France in the quarter-finals.[7]

Not named to the squad in 2013, Ihezuo was also a member of the team in 2014.[2] She again competed at the World Cup, wearing number 19 and playing in the team's game against China where she came on as a substitute.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Awosiyan, Kunle (1 March 2016). "Omagbemi Invites 40 Players for AWCON Qualifiers | Silverbird Television". Silver Bird Television. Nigeria: The Silverbird Group. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j starconnect (October 19, 2016). "Chiwendu Ihezuo Arrives, Trains With Falconets". Starconnect. Nigeria: Starconnect Media. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Ojoye, Taiwo (April 24, 2016). "Ajegunle boys made me fall in love with football — Ihezuo – Punch Newspapers". Punch Newspapers. Nigeria: Punch Newspapers. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d UEFA. "UEFA Women's Champions League – Chinwendu Ihezuo". UEFA. UEFA. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  5. ^ "Chinwendu Ihezuo – Player Profile – Football". Eurosport. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d Iroha-Udoka, Jude (October 18, 2016). "Ihezuo arrives Falconets camp for U20 Women's World Cup »". TODAY. Akwa Ibom, Southern Nigeria: TODAY Digital News and Media Limited. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Ihezuo, Ayinde to receive FIFA honours". Premium Times Nigeria. Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria: The Premium Times, Nigeria. December 12, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Chinwendu Ihezuo Scores Only Goal In Narrow Win". SL10. Nigeria: Soccer Laduma. June 30, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  9. ^ Completesport (2014). "Four Falconets Promoted To Falcons". Africa Independent Television. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  10. ^ "AWCON Qualifier: Omagbemi Invites Oshoala, 39 Others For Falcons". Channels Television. Lagos, Nigeria: Channels Incorporated Limited. February 29, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  11. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup -". Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  12. ^ "Super Falcons land in Canada with Perpetua Nkwocha for World Cup -". Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  13. ^ a b c "Falconets whip DR Congo in Kinshasa". TODAY. Akwa Ibom, Southern Nigeria: TODAY Digital News and Media Limited. September 28, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  14. ^ Aluko, Seyi (September 20, 2016). "Dedevbo Invites 29 Players for World Cup Camp". Football Live. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  15. ^ "U-20 World Cup: Dedevbo calls 30 to camp". New Telegraph Newspaper. Nigeria: New Telegraph Newspaper. September 25, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  16. ^ administrator (September 21, 2016). "Ihezuo, Ohiaeriaku in as Dedevbo invites 30 for Fifa U20 Women's World Cup". SportonSky. Nigeria. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  17. ^ Goal (October 24, 2016). "Dedevbo shuts U20 Women's World Cup doors on Kanu, Awelewa". Sporting Tribune. Nigeria: Nigerian Tribune Sports. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  18. ^ Mark, Aisha John (October 4, 2016). "Dedevbo issues October 8 deadline to Ihezuo, others". Voice of Nigeria. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  19. ^ "Chinwendu Ihezuo delighted to join Falconets". Yahoo!Sports. Goal. October 20, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  20. ^ "Nigeria Qualify For 2016 FIFA U-20 Women World Cup". Channels Television. Lagos, Nigeria: Channels Incorporated Limited. November 18, 2015. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  21. ^ Nkatlo, Percy (November 8, 2015). "SABC News – Basetsana miss out on U20 World Cup spot". SABC News. South African Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  22. ^ "Women's World Cup: Nigeria wallop Azerbaijan 11- 0". Channels Television. Lagos, Nigeria: Channels Incorporated Limited. September 25, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  23. ^ a b "Chinwendu Ihezuo sets FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record – Vanguard News". Vanguard News. Lagos, Nigeria: Vanguard Media Limited, Nigeria. September 27, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  24. ^ a b "España golea a la anfitriona en el debut mundialista". El Día (in Spanish). Spain: Leoncio Rodríguez, S.A. October 1, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  25. ^ a b EFE (September 30, 2016). "España y México debutan con victoria en sub 17 femenino". Globovisión (in Spanish). Caracas, Venezuela: Globovision Tele C.A. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  26. ^ "Estadísticas de Chinwendu Ihezuo actualmente jugando con Nigeria en el Mundial FIFA Femenino Sub-17". Al Día (in Spanish). Costa Rica. Retrieved October 25, 2016.

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