Chiwendu Ihezuo banks on divine hope to win Caf women award

The Pelican Stars' teenage striker says only God can determine the winner of the 2012 CAF Women's Footballer of the Year as she leaves for Ghana full of hope
Ex- Flamingoes striker, Chiwendu Ihezuo has told that God holds the vital key for whoever that is named as the best woman footballer in Africa for the outgoing year.

Ihezuo in a telephone interview with shortly before boarding a flight to Ghana on Thursday morning said she was going to the ceremony with a lot of hope as she files out as one of the contenders for the Caf Women's Footballer of the Year title.

The Pelican Stars forward would contend with established names on the continent Genoveva Anoman (Equatorial Guinea and Turbine Potsdam), and Portia Modise (South Africa) for the top prize in the women's category.

"It is only God that will decide the winner of this award. I am not going to Ghana already cowed that I would lose. I have nothing to lose.

"My nomination itself has paved the way for me but I am a fighter. I will see how it goes in Ghana. 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, I will thank God."

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

Ihezuo thus became arguably the youngest player ever to be nominated for continental honours at just 15 years, 7 months and 20 days. She was born on April 30, 1997.

Mercy Akide and Cynthia Uwak have won the award twice, while Perpetua Nkwocha has won it a record four times for Nigeria.