|Full name||Chinwendu Veronica Ihezuo|
|Date of birth||30 April 1997|
|Place of birth||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|2014–15||Delta Queens F.C.|
* 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. 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.
Ihezuo was born on 30 April 1997 in Ajegunle, Lagos, Nigeria. Her childhood was lived in a Lagos ghetto. She is 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in) tall. 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. 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.
Ihezuo joined the professional club side BIIK Kazygurt of Kazakhstan for the 2016 on a one-year contract. In her debut season with the club where she wore number 19, she scored 16 goals for BIIK Kazygurt in 20 appearances. 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. She made her debut in Champions League in her team's 3–1 victory against Wexford Youths during tournament qualifying.
Senior national team
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.
U-20 national team
Ihezuo was first called up to the team in 2014. She represented Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup where the team narrowly lost in the finals to Germany. She was one of the leading goal scorers in the competition. 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.
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. She joined the team late for the camp in October in Abuja, after the national team coach threatened her and other overseas players with being dropped if they did not arrive by October 8. She had to miss a training session as she needed time to recover from jet lag. As a player, she acknowledged the pressure she felt at camp going into the tournament to perform well.
She scored seven goals for Nigeria in the qualifying competition for the World Cup. 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. Another goal came in Nigeria's 2–1 victory against Congo DR.
U-17 national team
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. 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. Her five goals were also a record for most goals scored in a single game at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. 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. Her fete was matched by Lorena Navarro at the 2016 edition when the Spaniard scored 5 goals against Jordan. 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. Her team was eliminated from the tournament after losing to France in the quarter-finals.
Not named to the squad in 2013, Ihezuo was also a member of the team in 2014. 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.
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