Leicester City Women’s defender Ashleigh Plumpter says she loves being a Nigerian, despite growing up in England.
Plumpter, born in England but switched allegiance to Nigeria, has become a key figure in Randy Waldrum’s tutored side.
She is part of the team that represented the West African nations at the African Women’s Championship in Morocco, where the team managed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.
Speaking on her experience since switching allegiance, the Leicester City defender said, she has embraced playing for the west African country.
“I love the culture, I honestly love everything about being in Nigeria,” she says.
Plumpter however admitted, she’s lucky to have opportunities to work with modern facilities with England, while her national teammates had to work twice harder to get to where they are at the moment.
“I’ve realized how lucky I’ve been to just have been born in this country (England), the opportunities that I’ve been blessed with”.
“My Nigerian teammates, for example, they’ve worked so hard but sometimes they don’t get the same opportunities based upon the teams that they’re playing in, the lack of exposure that they have. It’s a privilege to play with them.”
Plumpter hopes to make the squad to represent Nigeria at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year.
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