The teenage sensation says she is pleased to be recognised by the continent's ruling body and will be over the moon if she wins the coveted award
Ex- Flamingoes striker, Chiwendu Ihezuo has expressed her gratitude to God for her nomination by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as a contender for the African Footballer of the Year title in the women category.
Ihezuo thus became arguably the youngest player ever to be nominated for continental honours at just 15 years, 7 months and one day.
The Pelican Stars forward was named alongside Genoveva Anoman (Equatorial Guinea and Turbine Potsdam), and Portia Modise (South Africa), in an award that both Mercy Akide, Cynthia Uwak and Perpetua Nkwocha had won several times in the past for Nigeria.
In an exclusive chat with Goal.com, Ihezuo said her nomination was an honour in the first place and if she manages to beat others that she considers 'seniors' to the award, she would be more than over the moon for her recent sudden rise in the game.
"I am more than happy to be considered for an award. I am simply overjoyed. For the fact that I have been nominated is a nice feeling for me and if I emerge victorious, it would be the most important day of my life,” Ihezuo told Goal.com.
"I thank God for this personal effort but I would have been more than happy had it been the Flamingoes got past the quarter final after starting the competition on such a high note.”
The teenage striker shot into prominence at the Fifa Women U17 World Cup in Azerbaijan, when she scored six goals, including a record five in one game(against Azerbaijan), to emerge second highest scorer of the tournament.