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Nigerian female footballer blazes the trail in US


At 24 years, Chioma Ubogagu a Nigerian British-American  has become an Amazon in Orlando City Soccer Club in Florida, United States. where she has been rebranding Nigeria positively by her professionalism, dexterity on
Chioma comes from a line of footballers. Her grandfather, Austin Eneuke played as a former Nigeria and Tottenham Hotspur player several years ago.
Most recently, Chioma played for Houston Dash, and the United States U-23 women’s national team. Ubogagu played her collegiate soccer
Ubogagu played her collegiate soccer for Stanford University, and represented the United States Under-20 team and won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Presently, she is the second attacking power obtained by Orlando Pride after being acquired from former Arsenal Ladies. Chioma from the Houston Dash has been received as Orlando’s natural third-round pick in the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft.
Orlando Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni said: “Chioma is a mobile, skilled player that has tremendous potential and possesses qualities that will be a big asset to our team. With a history of success at Stanford and at the U23 level, we are happy to add another forward with a nose for the goal.”
Ubogagu was born in London, where her parents, mother Tina a nurse and father Aloy a social worker, had moved from Nigeria seeking job opportunities. At age 3, her parents divorced and she moved with her mother and older brother to Coppell, Texas.
Orlando Pride
Ubogagu, was selected the 28th pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft by Sky Blue FC, but elected to join Arsenal Ladies in her birthplace of London.
The forward made 21 appearances for the Gunners, scoring seven times including goals in both her debut and final matches.
She was acquired by the Dash through trade with Sky Blue. She joins the Orlando Pride after one season with Houston, where she scored a goal and an assist in 15 appearances.
Prior to her professional career, Ubogagu enjoyed significant success in both the collegiate and international arenas.
After being named the 2010 Gatorade Texas Player of the Year, Ubogagu attended Stanford University and helped lead the Cardinal to the 2011 NCAA Championship as a freshman.
A teammate of Pride defender Cami Levin for one season at Stanford, Ubogagu was a four-time All-Pac 12 honoree and also drove the team to the 2012 Women’s College Cup final. The Coppell, Texas, native finished her career with 89 points (27 goals, 35 assists), which currently ranks 10th all-time in Stanford history.
Ubogagu has represented the United States at the U18, U20 and U23 levels where she won both the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup and the CONCACAF Women’s U20 Championship in 2012, scoring the championship-winning goal in the latter. She becomes the second attacking power obtained by the Pride recently.

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