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Leicester City Star Plumptre Keen To Play For Nigeria

Leicester City Star  Plumptre Keen To  Play For  Nigeria

Leicester City star Ashleigh Plumptre is open to playing for Nigeria despite representing England at youth level.

Plumptre, 23, is eligible to play for the Super Falcons because of her father’s Nigerian heritage.

“The idea of me being able to play for Nigeria, with that being an option, I would happily grab that with both hands,” she told BBC Sport Africa.

“What representing something that really means to somebody is very important. Obviously, there’s a lot of things I can openly say that I don’t know about Nigerian culture but I want to learn because I know that it’s in me, and it’s in my sister and in my dad.

“We can only get it from my granddad, he’s the only thing that we know in terms of Nigeria. I’ve obviously visited Nigerian relatives in America and in England.

“Seeing this little journey my sister and I have been on, and the understanding of our family heritage, not just that but watching Nigerian documentaries and learning about the past is incredible.”

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After establishing herself at club level, Plumptre who has a British mother, believes a potential international career with Nigeria could pave the way for other biracial footballers to follow.

“What it will mean for me as somebody who is British born but with Nigerian heritage is huge. People look at me and they think I’m tanned and that I’ve been on holiday, they don’t think that I’m Nigerian,” she added.

“I don’t think that should be significant in saying whether somebody is Nigerian or not because it’s in your blood, it’s not about what you look like.

“My sister, she looks African because she has an Afro and her skin tone is darker than mine, with that obviously, she’s had different experiences in school than I have had.
“I think with football being my platform, I am using that as something that’s bigger than me. As much as I can resonate with my Nigerian heritage.

“I feel like I can hopefully inspire someone like my sister or other kids like her maybe in this country or other countries to look at me and be like you know what? It doesn’t matter what your skin tone looks like.

“If you can resonate with your heritage and it means something to you, it means you can represent something bigger than you, then that’s what it comes down to.

“I think people too often look at the surface of this rather than actually try to find out inside what our drives and passions are, and what means a lot to us.”

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  • GLORY 3 years ago

    The last 4 or 5 paragraphs epitomises everything combined with a good football talent, that we must be looking out for before going on to talk about inviting foreign born players. THOSE THAT FEEL NIGERIAN IN THEIR BLOOD AND HAVE GOT THE NEEDED SKILLS SHOULD BE THE ONES TO BOTHER ABOUT.

    • that what am taliking about ,not saying go and get this or that bla! bla!! ,,men team eze etc

  • Shuma 3 years ago

    Her dad is part Nigerian. On her football account she said she is 1/4 Nigerian 3/4 British. Her dad has a Nigerian mom and a British dad

    • KangA 3 years ago

      Anyone who has even a drop of Nigerian blood is a Nigerian and should be welcome. We want those who feel Nigerian by heart. NFF, over to you!

    • Diran 3 years ago

      Over to you NFF and coach Waldrum. This lady has Nigerian blood from her father’s side and feels Nigerian too. Please give her a try as she could make the Super Falcons even stronger.

  • pompei 3 years ago

    A left footed defender with an eye for goal. Hmmmm.


  • pompei 3 years ago

    If and when she arrives, NFF biko try and pay her match bonus on time ooo. And provide a decent pitch for her to play on. Same applies to all the other ladies playing for the Super Falcons.

  • Godhelp Isaac 3 years ago

    The coach should give her a big chance to play for Nigeria, you can see we have beening strongly beating the white, like USA, Brazil and England,we need her,we need to show her love because we are Africa, Nigeria for that matter

    • vince 3 years ago

      She is too untanned to play for Nigeria, her names are too English; perhaps, a Nigerian middle name will be of help here.


  • Sam De Poet 3 years ago

    It’s all in the heart, and Nigeria seems to be deeply rooted in hers. She’s welcome, we’ll receive her with open arms.

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