SUPER FALCONS STRIKER INI-ABASI ANIEFIOK UMOTONG BAGS FIRST CLASS IN ECONOMICS
Super Falcons star Ini-Abasi Umotong has graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Southampton in England.
Umotong who plays for Oxford United in England has just one cap for the Super Falcons of Nigeria.
The 23-year-old striker took her Facebook to share her fantastic feat.
“Delighted to be graduating with a First Class Honours in Economics with a First Class Dissertation!” the Calabar-born striker wrote on Facebook.
Ini-Abasi is the youngest of six siblings born to Ben Aniefiok and Grace Umotong.
She began playing football at the age of five and it was in Primary school she got scouted by Birmingham City, Centre of Excellence in 2003.
The striker played her youth football with the likes of Birmingham City Reserves, Aston Villa in England and United States’ Wright State Raiders.
She kicked off her professional career with Portsmouth in 2014 and had a fantastic debut season for them 29 goals in 25 league and cup games as Pompey won FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division in 2015.
She left Portsmouth for current club Oxford United In February 2016.
She is yet to establish herself in the Super Falcons of Nigeria with just one cap.
She earned her first call up to the Super Falcons in February, 2015 when coach Edwin Okon invited 36 players to camp to prepare for the 11th All-Africa Games qualifiers, 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers and the 7th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals. The Economics and Actuarial Science graduate from the University of Southampton had to skip the first two weeks of the camp in Abuja due to her studies.
On arrival after two weeks, promising Umotong got her first taste of action almost immediately as a late substitute in a warm-up 1-1 draw against a male academy team, showing true dedication in her quest to make the team for Canada 2015. She followed it up with a goal when she came on for 20 minutes in another tune-up match against Nigeria Women Premier League side, Confluence Queens, before becoming the first Portsmouth player to feature in a full international after making her 33-minute debut for Nigeria in the first leg of their All-Africa Games qualifier against Mali in Bamako. She was eventually named in the 23-player list for the World Cup in Canada but did not feature in any of Nigeria’s three group matches as the African Champions failed to progress to the knockout stage.
She was part of the Falcons’ squad to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada although she didn’t get to play in any game.
Congratulations n #dakkada