The 23-year-old revealed her ambition to change allegiance to West Africans and meet Super Eagles stars
Leicester City women’s defender Ashleigh Plumptre has expressed her desire to meet Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, who play for the men’s team while also revealing his interest in playing for Nigeria.
The 23-year-old is currently in her second stint with the Foxes and during the 2020-21 season she helped the club win the FA Women’s Championship title, winning a two-year contract for her fine performances in the countryside.
Since returning to the Foxes in 2019, she hasn’t been able to partner with Super Eagles stars Iheanacho and Ndidi whom she described as her role models.
“With Leicester, Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Ihenacho have been a good role model for me,” Plumptre said. BBC.
“It’s funny we haven’t met but it’s all because of Covid but at some point I hope we can meet”,
Plumptre has played for various England youth teams but he is still eligible to represent Nigeria through his father and hopes to have the chance to play for the Super Falcons in the future.
“The idea that I can play for Nigeria, that being an option, I would love to catch it with both hands,” she continued.
“What represents something that really means to someone is very important. Obviously there is a lot that I can openly say that I don’t know about Nigerian culture, but I want to learn because I know that it is. it’s in me, and it’s in my sister and in my father.
“We can only get it from my grandfather, that’s the only thing we know about Nigeria. I obviously visited Nigerian relatives in America and England.
“To see this little trip that my sister and I took and understand our family heritage, not just that, but to watch Nigerian documentaries and learn more about the past is amazing.”
Plumptre also praised the quality of the Super Falcons squad and praised Asisat Oshoala for his exploits abroad.
“When you look around you there are several Nigerian players playing at the highest level of women’s football,” she said.
“With the Super Falcons, I followed them and the continued progress of the team. But one player I remember is Asisat Oshoala.
“She was in Liverpool when I played for Notts County, so I was around 16 and the big problem was having Oshoala in Liverpool.
“That was the big name and then she obviously went to Arsenal. And everyone knew her and how talented she was. To me, an Englishwoman, she was Nigerian football to me.”