The Amazing Story of Perpetua Nkwocha

Perpetua Nkwocha remains one of the best female footballers to come out of the shores of Nigeria. At 36 years of age, this amazing lady has continued to break new records and set the female football scene on fire with a mesmerizing performance.

Presently plying her trade with SunnanĂ¥ SK in Sweden, she has remained a key member of the Super Falcons of Nigeria having represented the country at five African women championship- from 2002 to 2010. She was also a member of the super falcon’s squad that featured at the 2003 FIFA Women World cup help in USA as well as the 2007 FIFA Women World Cup held in China. A veteran female footballer who has scored more than twenty goals in her illustrious career spanning more than 10 years, she has remained a shinning example to up and coming stars who look up to her for great inspiration.

One of the features that have given her the cutting edge to be ranked among the best female footballers in Africa is her amazing pace. She can out-run opposing defenders at will, like she did in the recently concluded African Women Championship held in South Africa. In the final match against defending Champions Equatorial Guinea, she received a beautiful pass from Ulunma Jerome in the 7th minutes of the first half and out-paced her marker to net the very first goal in the keenly contested encounter.

She also possesses precise accuracy in front of goal. Prior to the match between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea, the Nzalang Nacional’s Brazilian-born goalkeeper Mirian had kept attackers of opposing teams at bay. The queen of goals- Perpetua Nkwocha had other ideas, as she wasted no time in registering her presence with a well taken shot just outside the 18 yard box. It was so precise that the goalkeeper did not know what hit her.

A complete striker can score goals with both feet and head and it was not different in the case of Perpetua Nkwocha as she scored a record eleven goals from her head and both feet. Her aerial ability is second to none, as it is impossible to tell what ammunition she intends to fire at goal.

Lastly she was able to combine experience and maturity and helping the Super Falcons subdue all opponents at the recently concluded African Women Championship held in South Africa. Ever willing to fall back and help at midfield and defense, she gained tremendous recognition on and off the field of play as one of the best performers in the tournament, as her goal rate tallied 2.2 goals per match, a feat that will take quite some time to be shattered.