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My two daughters’ invitation to Falcons at once surprised me – Ijeh

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By Sab Osuji 

Peter Ijeh, a former Nigerian international, has made an honest confession that invitation of her two daughters, Josephine and Evelyn to the Super Falcons training camp indeed came to him as a ‘pleasant’ surprise, Orient Sports reports. 

The duo plays their club football with Swedish side, BK Hacken.

Evelyn had previously represented Sweden at the U17 and U19 levels. 

And the ‘proud’ father of the newly invited Nigerian sisters, who could spark a reign of the Ijeh dynasty in Nigeria women’s football, Peter Ijeh, says he “never anticipated that his two daughters will be invited to the Super Falcons squad at the same time”.

“I never anticipated that my two daughters will get invite to the Super Falcons squad at the same time. I was thinking it’s going to be one at a time”, Ijeh sounded during a Virtual Personality interview segment on FCT Football Updates.  

“It is good, because it happened at the same time they have been together right from childhood. 

“They can look after each other. It’s a welcome development as both of them were invited at the same time.”

Randy Waldrum, Super Falcons manager, handed a first-time national team call up to Josephine and Evelyn Ijeh, to the team’s training camp in Austria ahead of the upcoming Aisha Buhari Cup tournament.

Their delighted father believes that his daughters possess similar potentials that he possessed during his illustrious playing days.

“Both had my similarities because I am both footed”, Peter said with a pleasant tone. 

“I use both left and right foot. They can also do the same thing. I can shoot and score from any distance and they also possess those potentials. 

“They have their future around them because they possess the potentials that could be groomed into something great.”

Randy Waldrum’s reign as Super Falcons coach has witnessed the invitation of Toni and Nicole Payne for the US Summer Series. The sister also made up the gaffer’s list for the Austria camp.

Josephine and Evelyn Ijeh are the second set of sisters to be invited to the Super Falcons squad by Randy Waldrum.

Meanwhile, Ijeh went on to shed light on his relationship with Swedish international and legend, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

He revealed how he mentored the Swedish international in the game while he was growing up. 

“Zlatan was 16 years old when I started putting him through on the various ways of achieving the ultimate in the game. 

“Then, he always said he wanna be like me, play like me. I mentored him.

“That’s why he wrote about me in his book “I’m Zlatan”. 

“He is a great guy, and a humble person”, Ijeh said.  

Also, Ibrahimović was born on 3 October 1981 and plays as a striker for Serie A club, AC Milan.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers of all time, and is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world. 

Zlatan has won 31 trophies in his career and has scored 570 career goals, including over 500 club goals. He has scored in each of the last four decades and remains the only active player in Europe’s top five leagues to have scored in 23 consecutive seasons.

He played alongside Peter Ijeh in Malmo in Sweden; a team Peter joined after emerging as the highest goal scorer in the Nigerian league with Julius Berger of Lagos in the 1999/2000 season. 

Meanwhile, Peter joined the Swedish club Malmö FF in 2001. In 2002, he scored 24 goals to emerge top scorer in Allsvenskan that season. 

In 2003, he suffered a leg injury that kept him out of most of the season, but he still managed to come back strongly and finished with 10 goals.

In late 2003, he transferred to IFK Götenborg on a free transfer in a highly controversial circumstance as the club’s big name signing for its 100th anniversary and Götenborg finished third.

In 2005, Ijeh moved to Danish club, FC Copenhagen and won the league title in 2005–06 season.

On 19 June 2006, Ijeh moved to Viking FK in Norway on a 3 million Danish krone deal. He became an instant success, scoring 11 goals in 15 games to save the team from relegation. 

The Nigeria skillful footballer, studied at Gothenburg University and the Swedish Football Federation (SvFF) where he acquired a UEFA advanced licensed coaching certificate. He is also a technical and tactical soccer coach.

However, Ijeh took over Assyriska BK in November 2013 as head coach.

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