Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has extended a generous gesture to four Super Falcons players by presenting them with a reward of $10,000 each for their outstanding performance at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Additionally, the governor has pledged to provide these players with parcels of land.
The four players, Osinachi Ohale, Chiamaka Nnadozie, Tochukwu Oluehi, and Desire Oparanozie, all hail from Imo State. Ohale and Nnadozie notably played every minute of the Super Falcons’ matches during the tournament held in Australia and New Zealand.
Desire Oparanozie, despite being sidelined due to injury on the eve of the tournament, managed to make an appearance in one of the games. Reserve goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, unfortunately, did not participate in any of the team’s four matches.
Although the Super Falcons faced an exit from the competition in the Round of 16, with a penalty shootout loss to England’s Three Lionesses, their efforts were still recognized and rewarded.
This is not the first instance of Governor Uzodinma supporting Imo State-based players on the national team. In 2022, he had previously given a reward of $6,300 to six players from Imo State who were instrumental in the Super Falcons’ journey to the semi-finals of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
Governor Uzodinma’s gestures underscore the importance of recognizing and supporting athletes who bring honor to their home state and country through their achievements in international competitions.