Michelle Alozie: How Visa Problems Led American Born Player to the Super Falcons of Nigeria

Michelle Alozie: How Visa Problems Led American Born Player to the Super Falcons of Nigeria

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 15, 2024 at 7:17 PM
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  • Michelle Alozie has opened up on her journey to the Super Falcons
  • The Houston Dash player helped Nigeria qualify for the Olympics
  • Alozie was one of Nigeria's best players at the Women's World Cup

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Super Falcons star, Michelle Alozie, has disclosed how she became a player of the female national team of Nigeria.

The American-born Nigerian has become a fan favourite following her performances for the Super Falcons at the FIFA Women's World Cup and the Olympic Games qualifiers.

Alozie impressed in the games against South Africa as the African giants clinched their place at the Summer Olympic Games in Paris.

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Michelle Alozie waves the Nigerian flag after qualifying for the Olympic Games. Credit: @NGSuper_Falcons @alozieee
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According to the Houston Dash star, her path to the Nigeria team happened out of the blue after some players of the Super Falcons failed to acquire visas for a She Believes championship in America.

"I always say it's a fluke but maybe it was God setting a plan for me," she told The Women's Game podcast. "They came to the US for the She Believes Cup and they had so many visa issues that they almost withdrew from the Cup because they didn't have enough players," she added.
"The coach Randy Waldrum, he reached out, I'm not like even joking, to maybe every Nigeria-American that was playing soccer in the US so just we can fill the roster. He had no idea who I was. It just happened I was in Houston, a Nigerian-American. It was a perfect scenario.
"They were like see you at training tomorrow and I trained with them the next day. He was like amazing and you will make the roaster for tomorrow's game and I was like, oh, alright. Well, I guess I am here, I guess I am playing, and ever since I have been with the national team."

Alozie and the Super Falcons join Zambia as Africa's representatives at the Olympic Games in France, as reported by the BBC.

Super Falcons qualify for Olympics

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the Super Falcons of Nigeria booked a place in football at the forthcoming 2024 Paris Olympic Games after defeating South Africa in the playoffs.

Nigeria won the first leg of the qualifiers 1-0 in Abuja, thanks to Rasheedat Ajibade's goal from the penalty spot.

The Super Falcons secured the ticket for the competition after playing out a goalless draw against Banyana Banyana in the second leg at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.