Mmadu Giving Back To The Society That Moulded Her

May 07 19:15 2021

The history of Women Football in Nigeria cannot be told completely without mentioning Maureen Nkeiruka Mmadu.
She was the Assistant Coach and former player of Nigeria Women National team,the Super Falcons.

Mmadu has made giant strides in her chosen career as a first among equals.
Maureen wears the robe of the first African woman to become a Centurion in playing for her country; the first Nigerian, male or female, to become a centurion in football, way back in the year, 2011.
As the fortunes of Women football took a leap, Mau-Mau or Mama, as her peers fondly call her, took a giant leap, moving her skills to Europe, after 13 and half solid years of plying her trade within the shores of Nigeria.
The genesis of these 13 plus years, took root in Onitsha with the defunct Ado Babes, she further received a motherly steadfastness with Jegede Babes in Lagos for six years, where Chief (Mrs.) Ngozi Zainab Jegede, the first Mama of Women football, groomed Maureen further, before one of the biggest and solid clubs then in Nigeria,the Pelican Queens of Calabar snatched her, for another six years.
Getting to Europe was never easy for her, but she weathered the storms and settled pretty well into the cold regions of the Scandinavian countries of Norway and Sweden.
She previously played for Klepp IL in the Norwegian Toppserien. Mmadu played for Kolbotn in Oslo, Norway, for the 2010 season, helping them to 3rd place in the Toppserien league.
As a player she represented Avaldsnes IL, a First Division team based on Norways west coast. She played for several teams in Norway- Toppserien as well as Linkopings FC and QBIK in the Swedish Damallsvens.
She made more than 100 appearances for the Nigeria Women National Football Team, the Super Falcons, which includes- appearing at four FIFA Women’s World Cup, she also competed in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.
Out of the 15 years Maureen spent in Europe, she grew from being a player to a player/coach with Avaldsnes IL – a premier league club, Youth coach- of a division one club with Klobthon FC, and an adult/non-professional coach.
Maureen took another giant step as the First African Lady to coach a European premier league club at Avaldsnes.
That’s not all, she is the first Nigerian female player to give back to her roots.
Little wonder, Anambra State of Nigeria made her the first football Ambassador of the State, as an ambassador, she has taken the bull by the horn to raise more Maureens, not just as footballers but as future Super Falcons’ stars.
The Football Ambassador, Maureen Mmadu, started the first ANAMBRA FOOTBALL KIDDIES’ CAMP, AFKC, with the maiden edition fromv19th – 23rd of December, 2020, in Onitsha, Anambra State where no fewer than 100 aspiring female football stars took part in the 5-day training programme, while the second edition was held from 3rd March to 9th April 2021.

Currently her team-Maureen Mmadu Kiddies FC Club has been invited for a Youth Soccer competition in Denmark- Dana Cup, from 26-31 July 2021.
Mmadu is optimistic that she will churn out future and classic players for Nigeria and the world as she look forward to the support/ assistance from, world football governing bodies ( FIFA and CAF) and well spirited organizations and individuals

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