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The former attacker for the national female team is hoping to help some young girls step on the path to greatness

Former Falcons striker, Mercy Akide will be in Nigeria anytime during the summer to organize a programme that she has tagged Play2Learn.

"I'll be trying to help young girls earn scholarships to US colleges," Akide told

"That's how I got my big break, and the time is right for me to look to help others to achieve their dreams.

"Starting this summer when I go back home, I'm starting a program called Play2Learn where I will run camps for girls in high schools in Nigeria and pick those who can really play, and also have the right educational qualifications for recommendation to coaches.

"It will help fill a need for both sides as the schools need talented players, and the players get a chance to get an education while playing the game. Hopefully, with time, I can spread it to the rest of Africa," she added.

Akide coaches in the USA and hopes to become the coach of the Falcons sometime in the future. "I hope some day I can coach the national team.

"That's my passion. There are things we are lacking, and I want to go back and help my country with my experience playing and coaching. I still have that fire in me," Akide concluded.

Akide was named as a femal football ambassador by Fifa in 2005. She played in three World Cups for Nigeria and was named the first African women player of the year in 2001.