Super Falcons midfielder Joy Enamino was on Saturday informed that her mother had passed on.
Mrs Enamino died on May 1 at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital after collapsing in her bathroom and hitting her head on an object.
The 15-year-old attacking midfielder was visibly saddened by the news but still participated in the training session with her team mates. She also revealed that, with support from her family, she would stay back in camp and work hard towards making the team that will play Zimbabwe on May 27.
"I was told she fell down in the bathroom and hit her head. I feel bad right now because I no longer have a mother or a father. I am now an orphan," said Enamino.
"I will not leave. I will remain in camp and finish what I came here to do."
The petite teenager who plies her trade with Inneh Queens further expressed sadness at the timing of the tragedy. She described the support she enjoyed from her mother, a Manchester United fan, in her career, and regretted that she is not here to see her progress to the Super Falcons.
"She wanted me here so it is very sad for me that now things look like they will be better, she has departed"
She went further to add, "I will try and make her proud. I promise that if I get the opportunity to play for the Falcons, I will score a goal for her."
In her first call-up to the Falcons fold, Enamino describes the experience as one she will cherish for a long time. She appreciates the support she receives from the more experienced players.
"I am very happy to be in camp. The experience has been wonderful and everyone has been nice to me. Precious Dede takes me as her younger sister. I feel very happy to be here."
There are no details on the funeral arrangements yet.