I can be Nigeria’s next super star, says Ihezuo

The Falconets forward has made her intentions known of carving a niche for herself at next year’s Fifa Women’s U20 World Cup in Papua-Guinea

Nigeria U20 women team striker Chinwendu Ihezuo has expressed her intentions of becoming a force to be reckoned with at the 2016 Fifa U20 Women's World Cup.

The 18-year-old who was second highest goal scorer at the 2012 Fifa U17 Women’s World Cup was on target for the Falconets as they caged DR Congo 2-1 on Sunday and believes she can emulate Asisat Oshoala’s feat in Papua-Guinea.

"By a grace of God, I want to be another Oshoala in Papua-Guinea next year," Ihezuo told Goal. 

"I want to take after her and continuing from where she stopped in Canada next year. I've been working hard on my game and scoring ability.

"It is my dream to win more awards and also be the next star in women football. Nigerians should expect more goals from me. I promise to put more efforts and hard work in making sure I keep scoring goals," she aspired.

Meanwhile, the Pelican Stars striker attributed her team’s victory in Kinshasa to fitness and strict adherence to the coaches’ instructions.

"We won due to our hard work,” she continued. “Though, it was not easy because the team we played against are very strong. We were very fit for the game and were able to outplay them. 

"We were under no pressure at all except for the many home fans who attended the game were shouting but we never allowed that to distract us at all. Our coach told us to remain calm and play our game."

On her goal, she said: "I knew I was going to score. In every game, I have desire to score and so it was no surprise at all when the opportunity came that I took it,” she concluded.