How did you come to love football?
I was lucky to be among the people that they picked to go and be the ball girl for the national U-19 team while they were being hosted by our Governor in my state. When I got there, I saw them wearing our national colours: Green, White, and Green, and I saw them running around like men, doing what men do. When I saw that, I thought to myself “oh I think I like this!” because a lot of people were there watching them and clapping and cheering them on.
Were your parents supportive of your dreams to be a professional footballer?
My mum was very much against football because she doesn’t like sports, but my father was always there for me, and sometimes he would be the one to buy me football boots, and my mum did not like that. She wanted me to go to school instead.
How do you feel deep down about football?
I eat football, I dream football, I sleep football, and I do everything with football! Without football I don’t know whether I can survive, so for now, I really love football. It is my life.
When did your dreams of playing professional football for the first time start coming to pass?
In 2012, I got to play in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, and that is where my dreams started coming to pass. I was actually injured, I had an ankle injury, but I managed to soldier on and finish the tournament.
When did you sign you first contract?
It was at this tournament I met an agent who asked me if I wanted to go to Russia to play football, and I said sure, fine, okay I’m in. When I got to Russia, everything was not so great initially. My injury, the cold, missing my family and friends because I was still young. The language too was hard to understand, I couldn’t do it, so I ran back to Nigeria fast.
You now play for a very big club, Atlético de Madrid. Tell us about this…
In 2017, I was approached and signed by Atlético de Madrid Femenino, and it was a no brainer. For me it is an honour, I am very happy to be here, Atlético de Madrid is a great club, internationally recognized, and I really cannot wait to start.
How would you define yourself as a footballer?
Francisca Ordega is a strong player physically, very athletic and very fast. I will do all I can to make the fans feel proud of me.