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Leicester City Defender, Ashleigh Plumptre, Cleared By FIFA To Play For Nigeria’s Super Falcons



Ashleigh Plumptre, former England youth player, has finally gotten approval to switch her allegiance to the Super Falcons.

This was revealed by Mr. Ademola Olajire, NFF Director of Communication, to BBC Africa during a chat.

According to him, Plumptre has been cleared by FIFA, to switch sides to Nigeria.

He also commended the 23-year-old defender for making the switch possible with her “commitment and dedication,” adding that she “personally approached the English FA” to get the needed clearance.

“We are happy to receive Ashleigh’s official clearance from Fifa,” he said.

“It was only possible because of her commitment and dedication. She made the federation’s work a lot easier by providing all the requirements in quick time.

Ashleigh personally approached the English FA directly to get the required international clearance from that end.

“Her professionalism and unflinching desire to play for Nigeria is honestly heart-warming. That big move on her part obviously helped a lot and prevented the long wait for the FA’s response.”

Plumptre, who plays for Leicester City in the Women’s Super League, is eligible to represent Nigeria due to her father’s Nigerian heritage.

In July, the English-born defender was named in the Falcon’s 26-woman list for a training camp in Austria.

Plumptre is expected to make her debut when the Falcons face Ivory Coast in the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations play-off next month.