Michelle Chinwendu Alozie, an American-born Nigerian professional footballer, has been trending on Nigeria’s social media space in the past 24 hours.
This is mainly due to Lauren James stamping on her during England’s round of 16 clash with Nigeria at the Women’s World Cup.
James was sent off for her action and has since apologised to Alozie, promising to ‘learn from my experience.’
Alozie, who also plays as a forward for the National Women’s Soccer League team Houston Dash, was the stand-out star of the Nigerian team at the tournament.
She played every minute of the tournament until Nigeria was ousted and gave her all to the team.
Although some comments have focused on her pretty face and other physical features, there are even more comments on her footballing skills.
Interestingly, off the field, she works as a part–time cancer research technician at the Texas Children’s Hospital.
She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from Yale University.
The 26-year-old was born in Apple Valley, California, to Nigerian parents from Imo State on April 28, 1997.
Writing on Alozie recently, Nigerian journalist Charles Ogwo noted that:
”Her unwavering commitment to both her medical career and football dreams serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes and young girls alike.
”Alozie’s journey from a cancer research technician to a rising star on the football field is nothing short of inspiring.
”The Nigeria international is a brilliant example of how goals can be achieved with commitment and hard work as her star continues to rise.”