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Maureen Nkeiruka Mmadu is the first Nigerian woman to coach a European football club.

Born on May 7, 1975, Maureen hails from Onitsha in Anambra state.

A former Nigerian football coach and midfielder, Maureen was the first Nigerian player to make 100 appearances for the Nigeria women’s national football team as well as appearing at four FIFA Women’s World Cups.

Maureen represented Avaldsnes IL, a First Division team based on Norway’s west coast.

She also played for several other teams in Norway’s Toppserien as well for Linköpings FC and QBIK in the Swedish Damallsvenskan.

Maureen played for Kolbotn in Oslo, Norway, for the 2010 season, helping them to third place in the Toppserien league.

Presently in Norway living her dreams, Maureen is the first Nigerian women’s football coach attached to a top European club at Avaldsnes.


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