Former Nigeria international Ifeanyi Chiejine has died, aged 36.

Chiejine, who turned out for the Super Falcons at three World Cups and two Olympic Games, passed on after an illness, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed on Thursday.

The diminutive forward scored 18 goals in over 60 appearances for the national team in a career that spanned close to a decade.

Born in Asaba in May 1983 into a family of nine, Chiejine was the youngest player at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and captained Nigeria’s team to the inaugural Under-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2002.

Described as “very dynamic and sometimes incredible” by former national team coach Sam Okpodu, she was also a key part of the Nigeria squad that won the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations on home soil in the same year.

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